Chad Morris analyzes his offense and more in his coordinator corner this week…
“At some point somebody is going to have to talk a little about Clemson”: To be able to go against top, very respectable opponents that are highly respected in college football – for us to do what we’ve done to win those two ballgames, at some point, somebody is going to have to talk a little about Clemson as well. All we are is 1-0. We beat a good Georgia Bulldog team and that I have a lot of respect for and that has won a lot of games in the SEC. We can’t worry about everybody else. We have to worry about the Clemson Tigers.
Tempo not where Morris wants it
Rod McDowell’s decision-making is better: Comparing himself to last year, I think he’s worked in becoming a more physical runner and knowing when it’s OK to hit the home run and when you need to get four or five yards and go down. Realize that you can’t bounce out every play and go and do a good job of setting that up and knowing what time to make the cut and get outside. I was proud to see him improve in that area. That’s being a veteran and getting the reps he got last year.
Zac Brooks is coming along fine: I think Zac has come on and had a really good fall and a really good spring. To be able to play at the level he played at and make the unbelievable catch on the sidelines and to be able to knock off some critical runs – third and short and another big run on that 13-play drive that chewed up the clock.
Ball security is a main priority: Ball security has been a must. We preach it every day and have from the first day that we walked in the door and how we keep up with our ball security in practice and harping on it. Our guys have done a really good job with it and Tajh did. He had the ball a little loose on some of his runs and we have to get that secured. We had zero turnover from the offensive side of the ball, which is one of our goals and achieved that.
O-line grades: I think they graded pretty well. There was a lot of things that we can get so much better – I was pleased with those guys. We still have a long way to go with them and a lot of football to be played. My point this morning to the guys was all this was was a starting point – a gauge. Here’s where we are and we have to work from there and improve each week. You see the biggest improvement week one to week three. They all have to get better. That’s what we’re going to push for this week.
Staying humble after a big win: While everybody in the country is telling them how great they are – that’s the last thing they need to do is listen to that. We can click on a lot of film and show them we’re a long way from where we need to be. The last two years and turn it on at the end of the year and you go ‘wow’ – we really weren’t good at the start of the year. That’s what you want to see is that progression. You don’t have to worry about that. We’re not going to be signing any autographs.
McDowell shows out with opportunity
Death Valley crowd Saturday: Their efforts, their energy did not go unnoticed. You knew and felt it on the sidelines. To see our crowd and our student section – that was really special. Our guys really appreciated that. They’re just glad they did their part on the field.
Patrick DeStefano caught Morris’ eye: Patrick is a passionate guy. He loves football. He loves his role. He’s going to be a really good offensive lineman for us. His role right now is to come in and help us in that tight end role. He did a great job….I’m proud for him. He’s trying to tell to play every play.
S.C. State’s defense: They will give us a lot of looks upfront. They do a really good job of disguising their secondary. They’re very athletic. They disguise their fronts and do some movements and give us different looks. Again, we’ll worry about the Clemson Tigers.