Chad Morris says for Tigers, winning execution starts with physical play up front

'When you have 15 days to practice, you go back and try to get good at what we do. We're going to play physical football'

Clemson right guard Tyler Shatley blocks for quarterback Tajh Boyd during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

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Clemson right guard Tyler Shatley blocks for quarterback Tajh Boyd during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

It's going to be up to Clemson's offense to crack LSU's defense.

"They're not going to change what they do because they're playing us," assessed Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris following the Tigers' practice on Saturday. "They're going to be who they are."

LSU will bring one of the nation's top defenses into the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and Morris knows the Tigers will have to perform better than they did against a similar South Carolina unit if they're going to have a chance to win.

Looking back at Clemson's loss to the Gamecocks, Morris said the Tigers simply can't afford to let LSU control the football the way South Carolina did in the second half.

"When you go three-and-out, the offense doesn't work," said Morris. "In the first half against South Carolina, we had the ball 44 snaps and did a great job of mixing the run and the pass. In the third quarter we had the ball six snaps and then 10 in the fourth quarter, with four or five of those on the last drive of the game.

"Your options were limited. We needed to be perfect. But we went three-and-out on the opening drive and never got it back."

Morris said LSU's defensive front is strong, deep and physical, and will test the Tigers' ability to execute.

"When you look at them, one of the things that keeps coming back with those guys is that their defensive front and linebackers are really sound," said Morris. "Essentially, this is a team that's one fourth-down conversion away from playing for the national championship.

"They've got eight or 10 defensive linemen that they'll roll in there on us. It's a solid starting group, and then they have four more they just roll right in there behind them. It's going to be a physical match-up for us up front."

Morris said that for the Tigers, execution begins with winning the battle up front.

"We have to play physical up front - that's where it will start and that's where it will end," Morris said. "We have to go out and execute. That's the key for us - execution. When you have 15 days to practice, you go back and try to get good at what we do. We're going to play physical football."

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Bigboots writes:

Here's to execution.

Lynx26 writes:

physical..... something ive preaching for 2yrs!

33dtb writes:

....."winning execution starts with physical play up front"...........

At the risk of waking someone up that has until just recently been dormant, I agree with Coach Dabo about 'Physical" starting up front.

However, contrary to "popular opinion", I think we don't have the horses in the O-Line or D-Line.
Granted, the O-Line made great strides this season, as some predicted, but our DEPTH up front is sorely lacking on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Number 1. I long to get back to the situation of STARTING a season with a great O-Line.
Number 2. Great O-Line has strong back-ups, DEPTH.

Our lack of depth up front, to my uneducated eye, was exposed in our last game (USC).
I cannot imagine that LSU is going to any easier.

Dare I say that emphasis in recruiting, talent analysis in recruiting, and talent development of the O-Line needs some CEO attention ?????

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