Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was a bit worried about the Tigers’ flow going into Thursday night – as it turns out, he had plenty of reason to be.
The Tigers scored just six points in their first 40 plays, and a major reason for that was an off-the-mark Tajh Boyd. At the half, he averaged just 5.5 yards per pass attempt.
He was also under the gun from the jump, getting sacked twice in the first half and “hurried” statistically four more times. All-totaled, at least nine Tigers rotated on the line – especially at right tackle – leaving some open competition in the extended time between conference action.
Offense timing off
Morris breaks it down…
Tempo lacking at State: I think a lot of it was searching. Trying to get into a rhythm and trying to do some things (Tajh Boyd) can be effective with.
Getting back into the flow: You got to keep practicing hard and keep going. Got to keep pressing them. I’ve said it after two games – our guys didn’t play together there (against South Carolina State). Now we’re going to go another 9-10 days. That’s just the way it is and what we have to do. Tajh is a guy who will go back to work. He’s a veteran guy. He’s been in this situation before and we expect him to respond.
Are any o-line jobs up for grabs?: I think so. I think there’s some guys pushing each other and battling. There’s no doubt about that.
Message to Tajh Boyd: Quit pressing. Just relax and get in a groove. Is there anything you need me to come back to? Is there anything that we can get back in sync? Even some of the simpler throws were hard throws (for him). That’s part of playing quarterback, being able to respond, but being able to make some key throws (later) was good for us.
Martavis Bryant steps up in Peake’s absence: Losing Charone hurt us from a depth standpoint. Martavis Bryant is guy that you can depend on and he’s only gotten better from the first game. It was really positive to see him step in and provide production at that position.