Morris impressed by another prolific outing

Tigers roll up 47 points, 601 yards of total offense in rolling past Georgia Tech

Chad Morris grins after a Clemson touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia Tech

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Chad Morris grins after a Clemson touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia Tech

Chad Morris had reason to be excited Saturday night. His Clemson offense rolled up 47 points and 601 yards of total offense – the eighth-best total in program history – on Georgia Tech, as the Tigers rolled into their open week 5-1. What’s more, Clemson converted 13 of 19 third down opportunities and impressed in short-yardage situations, certain to make Morris happy.

Morris discussed the productive day with reporters late Saturday afternoon.

On third down success: “We’ve put so much emphasis on third down, that’s been our money down. We’ve been really good on third downs over the last couple years we’ve been here. That’s been one of the downs we’ve been really good at and taken a lot of pride in from day one. On Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays we talk about third down and converting and winning those. But I have to credit it more to short yardage. Third and short and all the other downs will take care of themselves. I thought we executed our short yardage game really well.”

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On slowing the pace with Georgia Tech’s flexbone on the other side: “Yeah, we did a little bit. When Brandon Ford went out (with an ankle injury) we had to tend to some personnel changes, slow things down a bit. I don’t know how many snaps we had, 93. We slowed down a bit.”

Did you plan on slowing down before the game: “I knew with eight minutes left in the second quarter we were sitting at 45 snaps, and we knew we had a lot of snaps in the first half. We told our guys..I don’t think we played that fast. I thought we were very off early in the game. I didn’t think there were the passion that needed to be there. I didn’t think they were relentless enough. I was very disappointed in the way we started this game the first two drives. We scored on the second drive. I didn’t’ think we could get in the flow of it and I didn’t think Tajh (Boyd) had very good control over it. That was one of the things we really challenged them on, look, come on, the only thing that’s going to stop us is ourselves. We’ve got to pick our tempo up.”

On Boyd’s slow start: “We all expect Tajh to complete every pass he throws. I’m as guilty as anybody, but he’s human. I think he showed that today. At times he wasn’t on. And early on, I needed to give him some passes he could complete, give himself some confidence builders. He found a groove later on.

On the screen pass INT: I don’t think Tajh did a good enough job creating depth and getting depth into it. We had it open. I talk about never let a defensive lineman intercept a screen pass. He’s not rushing. You’ve got to create more depth and he didn’t do a very good job of that.”

On Sammy Watkins’ struggles: “He’s played two and a half games to this point. This was his second full game. There were times Tajh called stuff to him, and he had a drop. He overthrew a couple. And it is what it is. He might not have gotten as many snaps as he’d have gotten if he was in complete game shape. I don’t think he’s in complete game shape just yet. I that’ll come. “

On Tech’s defensive looks: “They did things up front, twisted their front, brought their pressure. I didn’t think we were very physical at times and we had to challenge our guys on that. That was kind of disappointing. You had to get ugly sometimes and that’s OK. I was proud to see the way we were able to run the ball at the end.”

On Nuk Hopkins’ day: “Nuk, he brings it every day. He’s gotten so much better. He’s been able to play without the football. I know he can catch the ball, and we’re going to throw it to him. You can’t help but not throw it to him. But what are you going to do without the ball. That’s what I’m more concerned with, watching him. I’m going to high-five him when he’s catching passes but I’ll hug his neck when he’s out there blocking.”

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michtiger writes:

Love the o!!! But please Mr. morris be carefull with HS plays. We had ball 1st and goal at six in a close game, just play football. The 1st down fade was expected by the whole stadium, ok. the 2nd down run, ok but the 3rd down double pitch with hopkins becoming the QB does not make sense. With this position we had wide field, draws quick pass etc which have worked all day. Just get the points. This play probaly cost of 4 points. Not needed.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to michtiger:

Love the o!!! But please Mr. morris be carefull with HS plays. We had ball 1st and goal at six in a close game, just play football. The 1st down fade was expected by the whole stadium, ok. the 2nd down run, ok but the 3rd down double pitch with hopkins becoming the QB does not make sense. With this position we had wide field, draws quick pass etc which have worked all day. Just get the points. This play probaly cost of 4 points. Not needed.

I agree with you on that one! I cannot stand "razzle dazzle" plays. When we can put our foot on the gas, we try stunt plays that don't make sense. We did that last week against Boston College. We have enough playmakers that we don't have to do all of that crazy stuff. We have a great offense and my hat's off to Mr. Morris! Let's just line up and play football and at the end of the day I believe we'll win more than we lose. Go Tigers

4everAFanGOTIGERS writes:

I second and third dat my fellow tiger fans... those plays waste drives ... where we have the advantage wit nuk and sammy n AE23..we instead run some high play that doesnt work .. ppl r lookin for those kind of plays from us now .. we shud jus do wat we do best and thats vertical passin game a lil misdirection but all that double reverse receiver pass stuff got to go .... thought tajh forced some things but overall offense is really clicking... sammy doesnt look like himself yet .. but wats scary is that we r puttin up these numbers w/o him really doin much ... cant wait til he finally gets goin.. shoutout to my man PEAKE .. looked gud sat.. jus needs more plays ..more touches ..Hot ROD is really ballin...we've found our second back ..

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