Monday notes: Run game Clemson's key moving forward

Clemson's Roderick McDowell encourages teammates to join him near Clay Swinney, coach Dabo Swinney's son, as the marching band plays after beating Maryland 40-27 in College Park, Maryland. McDowell scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers pull away from the Terrapins.

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Clemson's Roderick McDowell encourages teammates to join him near Clay Swinney, coach Dabo Swinney's son, as the marching band plays after beating Maryland 40-27 in College Park, Maryland. McDowell scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers pull away from the Terrapins.

Chad Morris reviewed the Tiger offense and what's ahead with Virginia. His breakdown..

Maryland analysis: A little different feel today than a week ago. Obviously a win takes care of that. Good to get a win. These guys bounced back and did a really good job in practice off a disappointing loss. Get back on track. We weren't perfect, but we did a lot of good things. I liked the way the way they responded. We were able to run the football and take some pressure off Tajh and that was the gameplan going in. We would have liked to score every time we got inside the five-yard line, especially on first down. It didn't happen that way.

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Give them credit. They did some things that we hadn't seen from them, but had seen this year. We came away with points, that's definitely a plus. We definitely ran the football. Like we talked about Saturday, we didn't have any intention of running Tajh. Wasn't a part of the gameplan, but we had to as the game progressed. We did a good job of fighting through adversity.

Gifford Timothy, David Beasley return to o-line: Giff played the majority of the game. Played well. Did some good things. I was pleased with that. David Beasley, I don't know the exact snap count with him and Kalon (Davis), but I know he was in there quite a bit. We did some good things. Any time you run the football for 200-some yards. You're obviously doing something good.

Finding right-five on o-line: You hope that you're getting close. We definitely got some guys that we feel comfortable who have got ample playing time this year. They're getting better. Shaq Anthony, the last couple weeks he's gotten better in some of his run blocking. Both Kalon and David are almost splitting time. We obviously want to put those guys in there and continue to run the football. That's as key as anything right now, helping Tajh and get a lot of pressure off him.

Red zone woes: We had some guys that were open. We had some guys open underneath. We've been hit. We've had the ball down there and hit Hot Rod out there and a man-look and came up short of the first down.

Any time you get in the red zone you want to come out with points. A year ago, we did that all but two times. That's a scenario we have to continue to emphasize.

Road mentality: Our guys obviously are playing well. It's tough to win anyway, but on the road and win at Maryland, and I think we all know the history at Maryland - two years ago we had to battle from 18 points down. To see our guys go up with the mindset they have and winning on the road - that's a great accomplishment, seven wins in a row. That's what these guys do.

Success against solid Maryland run D: I think our guys upfront did a good job in helping take pressure off Tajh. Through the gameplan process, outflank and being able to take advantage of what they give you. Hot Rod had some really good runs and maybe when something wasn't there he was able to rollout the backdoor or frontdoor and pick up some positive yards. That was good to see.

UVA defense: They are very active. They are good in the pass defense. Batting balls down is what you really stands out to you. They are very big upfront. Quick off the edge. One of the linebackers is as good as we've seen. We were impressed with the way he plays. He's definitely one you know where he is at all times.

Martavis Bryant's play: He's been very active in practice. It means something to him. That's really good to see. Obviously his performance has shown that. Charting their efforts in practice and the game - I've said it a million times and I'll continue to say it - it's what you do without the ball.

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DahlonegaJoe writes:

Go Tigers.
Lets build on the good, be objective about the areas that need improvement....and recruit an O-Line to go along with the skill players.
Go Tigers

TigerNE writes:

Morris sees things I don't or didn't in the performance of the line in the MD game. The improvement that's helping the running game, as he claims, is pretty small. McDowell ran up against a wall of 8 or 9 guys most of the night. His numbers weren't bad overall, but had he been given a few tiny open slots they could have been a lot better. Maybe Morris sees progress. He is right there on the field, after all. It still looks like we struggle controlling both the line and protecting the corners to me.

clmtgr92 writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Morris sees things I don't or didn't in the performance of the line in the MD game. The improvement that's helping the running game, as he claims, is pretty small. McDowell ran up against a wall of 8 or 9 guys most of the night. His numbers weren't bad overall, but had he been given a few tiny open slots they could have been a lot better. Maybe Morris sees progress. He is right there on the field, after all. It still looks like we struggle controlling both the line and protecting the corners to me.

I guess Morris is fixated on the 4th quarter, since that was the only time they ran effectively. I want to see holes open up in the 1st and 2nd quarters. Something that hasn't happened all year. Highlighting what you did agianst a tired defense and ignoring the first 3 quarters is like shooting 100 in golf, but since you parred the last whole, thinking you will shoot par the next round. The more Morris tries to force the running game, the more out of sync the offense will be.

TigerFan95 writes:

Chad Morris needs to be given a drug test because he is obviously smoking crack. Our O-line is HORRIBLE. Did he not see McDowel looking like he was running into a brick wall all day? And that was against a depleted MD defense that got man handled by frickin Wake the previous week. Im beginning to think he and Dabo think Clemson fans are stupid and we'll just believe anything.

f8thwlk writes:

Maybe they believe in the power of positive thinking...

33dtb writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Chad Morris needs to be given a drug test because he is obviously smoking crack. Our O-line is HORRIBLE. Did he not see McDowel looking like he was running into a brick wall all day? And that was against a depleted MD defense that got man handled by frickin Wake the previous week. Im beginning to think he and Dabo think Clemson fans are stupid and we'll just believe anything.

Amen
O-Line that can block for runs will lighten the load on the Defense and the passing game ....

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