Coordinator roundup: Morris says tough mindset sets Boyd apart in run game

Clemson football - Tajh Boyd is tackled just short of a end zone in the third quarter

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Clemson football - Tajh Boyd is tackled just short of a end zone in the third quarter

Chad Morris breaks down what he’s seen out of the Tiger offense and more through four weeks of football…

Offense breakdown: Four games in

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Tiger o-line has some issues: We still continue to make a few simple mistakes that we have to get cleared up in our run game. We had some snap issues. We gave up two sacks for being entirely too soft. Our technique has got to get better. We have to get better on the offensive line. It’s going to be a challenge to our guys this week. We did get better. Kalon Davis was playing much better. I’m proud of Kalon. Brandon Thomas is playing well. We know what we’re getting from Tyler Shatley – he’s playing extremely well right now. Ryan Norton had a 102 degree fever and had to have two bags of IV after the first quarter. He came out for three series and we got him back in there and picked up where we left off. Jay Guillermo had been struggling being sick as well and didn’t perform to his capability. We’re giving some guys an opportunity to play.

We had three drops. When you look at, Tajh should have been 20-of-24. We did some good things and pointed to those, but we’re not spending the week patting them on the back.

Morris expects more out of freshman TE Jordan Leggett: Sam’s injury kind of put a kink in things. Forced us to bring Stanton on a little faster. Stanton has been consistent. He got his weight up and runs well and is physical.

To be honest with you, we kind of expected more out of Jordan Leggett, especially coming out of spring. He got injured in fall camp and that set him back. That set him back from a mental standpoint as much as physically. Young kids when they got banged up want to be nurtured and instead of, hey look, now’s the time where you have to really engage mentally in everything and not get behind. As much as you tell a young kid that, it’s hard…You’re starting to see Jordan come along and he had some success last week. We’ve been coaching him extremely hard. Me and coach Pearman have been on him religiously and the success he had will only help him. He’s a guy that’s got phenomenal talent, but he has to come on.

Tigers head into new atmosphere

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Boyd invaluable in the short-yardage game: We’ve been one of the best teams in the country in short yardage and that’s transferred over to red zone offense…He’s extremely confident in what we’re calling and doing and he’s kind of got a knack for it. He knows how to set his blocking up and fall forward two and three yards. He’s 220 pounds. I don’t know if we can put two running backs together and get 220 pounds. He’s the guy who’s going to provide that punch. That’s his mindset and he’s a tough guy and that’s what he wants.

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Comments » 3

TigerNE writes:

220 lbs or not, let's just hope the strategy of using Boyd for short yardage doesn't backfire. Every time he takes a hit I take a deep breath.

lhaselden writes:

Sometimes it is necessary like last year during LSU game.... but this week in the third quarter I was questioning the wisdom of Boyd toting the rock... he is a tuff dude...

TigerFan95 writes:

With Boyd’s tough running style and our speed and athleticism at the skill positions, this offense sort of reminds me of Florida with Tim Tebow. We just don’t have the dominant physical O-line those Gator teams had. I just hope Boyd can manage to stay healthy like Tebow did.

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