No. 3 Clemson held off No. 13 Auburn by sacking quarterback Jarrett Stidham 11 times.

The Texans weren’t quite that bad on Sunday, but their performance was a passable impression of that Tigers offensive line.

Tom Savage lasted just one half as the team’s starting quarterback and was sacked six times — or nearly half of his 13 dropbacks. He was replaced by Deshaun Watson after halftime, and the exponentially more mobile rookie wound up getting sacked four more times, including one that resulted in a possession-ending fumble.

“Certainly, it does get in here and there, but I think you just get older and accept it for what it is,” said Smith, 33. “You get the draft, you get the new guys in, and that’s a good thing. Fans should be excited about that. I don’t think I need to necessarily make it about me or take offense to anything. I still need to go about doing my job and to not lose that focus.”

He has done that so far this preseason, even as Mahomes makes the kind of throws in practice that have wowed teammates and Smith himself.

“Seeing some of the throws he’s making and ability to get out of the pocket and still put these throws right on a dime, it’s pretty impressive,” Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher said of Mahomes. “I think everyone is looking forward to see him progress over the years.”

Such excitement, though, is tempered by the fact that Mahomes will someday be under center at Smith’s expense.

“Alex is such a professional,” Fisher said. “He’s one of the most consistent guys I know. Every day, he doesn’t miss a beat. Just blocking for him going on five years now, it’s been a privilege.

“I hope to block for him as long as he’s doing this thing. He’s Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys doing an awesome job again. I don’t think he always gets the credit he deserves, but he’s my guy.”

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