Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris reviewed his Tiger offense and looked ahead to Boston College Monday. His thoughts...
Syracuse rewind: We did a lot of things good. We executed well early. We looked like we didn’t know what a football liked a few series in the third quarter. A lot of that was a credit to them. They decided they were going to load it up and bring everybody. We knew that was probably going to happen, but in the same sense, there were a lot of things we could have done better.
There’s plenty of coaching still to be done. These guys worked extremely hard this past week. We knew it would be extremely hard. This was the game that really concerned because of everything they do defensively, as much pressure as they bring. We knew that Tajh was going to have to get us in the right situations according to how they lined up – and he did that. We took some shots and we needed to hit on them. They needed to stick and they did that.
We thought in that third quarter we would try to run the football a little bit and if we had to do over again – I would’ve thrown it deep every play in that third quarter. I was very pleased with the way our guys played, but I feel we left a minimum of two more touchdowns on the field. We should have had 49 at halftime. I was disappointed in our last drive of the half on that fourth down where we didn’t make it.
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Boston College is physical: They don’t have to look very far but a few clips into tape that this is a good football team. This is a football team that has a brand new coach and is getting better every week. They’re very physical and they’re going to bring pressure much like Syracuse did. We’ve got to be ready and sound how we protect and play within our system. We’ve said it from day one that they’re going to get their absolute best and that’s what we expect. We’ve got to worry about the Clemson Tigers. We’re going to work and be ready because this is going to be a challenging ballgame – a physical ballgame.
Morris likes o-line competition: I’d like to have five guys that these are the five guys are that we’re going to go with. I still like to have competition behind them – and we have that. That’s just the way it is right now. Shaq actually this past week. Played better. We’ll see.
Tajh Boyd in short yardage Tajh obviously has run the ball real effective for us. We’ve tried not to run the ball as much as we want to. He does a good job of pulling the ball down and running and moving the chains. The biggest thing with Tajh is his confidence level. He wants the ball in his hands.
Reserve left tackle Isaiah Battle’s status: Still a long way to go. Just have to continue to keep pushing forward there. He’s still not there yet. Just the biggest thing is overall consistency. There’s a lot of talent. Just consistency and learning the game and being consistent in his work ethic. Being the same guy every day and working hard to be that guy.