CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd will start the opener. Chad Morris confirmed as much this week to a far-less-than-serious question from the media at-large.
Boyd’s final go-round in fall camp went exactly how he wanted it to.
“For me it’s about trying to get the most out of everything. I felt like I did that, every practice and every bit of it,” he said. “I felt like I didn’t go out there and waste a day of practice. That was one of my bigger things. Get something accomplished every day and I feel like I had opportunities to do that. It’s been fun with the guys in camp and now we’re starting to get in tune to Georgia and starting to get serious.
“This season is going to fly by and we have to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity we’re getting.”
Clemson’s OC has witnessed that work put in pay off for the Hampton, Va. native.
“I think his footwork is not even close to where it was at the start,” Morris said. “At the start of camp, it was really sluggish. It wasn’t where I wanted it to be. He’s definitely taken a lot of pride in that and his accuracy has obviously gotten better – and we knew it would. It’s the same as last year. Kind of started off slow and picked it up.”
Each season as a starter, Morris has thrown more and more his QB’s way.
In 2011, mastering the basics of the hurry-up no-huddle was on the docket in Morris' first year.
Last season, it was slimming down and being a factor in the run game – throwing in the Pistol formation wrinkle.
51 school records later, consider that done and done.
What’s next? Growing in the offense – but not overcomplicating things.
“Third-year in the system, we ask him to play like a third-year player,” said Morris. “That means getting us into the right protections. Get us in the right play. He’s got a little more freedom than he’s had in the past.
“That doesn’t mean he’s a cowboy just because we’ve given him a rope. We’ve given him a little bit of freedom, but there’s still some constraints on him. We don’t want him thinking.”