Morris: Tigers' OC already missing Tajh Boyd

Clemson's Sammy Watkins, left, and Tajh Boyd share a laugh while being interviewed on a TV post-game show following the Tigers' 40-35 win over Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla Friday night.

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Clemson's Sammy Watkins, left, and Tajh Boyd share a laugh while being interviewed on a TV post-game show following the Tigers' 40-35 win over Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla Friday night. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

Just your run-of-the-mill 505 total yard night for Tajh Boyd.

School-record 16 catches and 227 yards for Sammy Watkins.

Game 40 for the Chad Morris offense in Clemson went much like the rest, but this time it clinched the school's first BCS win and first Orange Bowl victory since 1981.

Morris breaks down what worked and the curtain call for a few of the stars that have made his offense special over the last couple seasons...

Tigers execute to the plan: We had a great gameplan. I thought our guys executed the plan. Our thought our guys knew the plan and executed the plan. Tajh made an impulse decision (on the first interception). Those things frustrate you, but to see Tajh pick himself back up and going and continue to make plays in the second half. Trailing into the fourth quarter, our guys responded well. We were able to put some points on the board. Got a couple of turnvers. Proud of the way our guys fought all the way to the bitter end.

Had a quarterback draw called and the last thing I told Tajh was don't throw the football. It's yours all the way - keep it in your hands. He saw him wide-open and overthrew him. Hated that, but we don't make things easy.

Morris told Boyd to 'drive the bus': Our guys believed in the plan. They believed in what we had. They hadn't stopped us. We're playing a really good football team - a play or two from the national championship, but we knew our guys were executing at a high level. I told, 'Just drive the bus.' You don't have to drive it reckless. We've got guys that are making plays and go let them make plays.

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Morris already misses Boyd: You take tonight out and he's done so much for this university. I've said it over and over and over. His legacy if he didn't take another snap was unbelievable for this university. With a win tonight, win a big BCS game like he's done in front of a grand stage, tied for the all-time winningest quarterback in Clemson history - unbelievable. What a great way to end his career. I'm proud of him. I'm going to miss him. I already miss him, but it's time. He's ready and I can't wait to watch the last part of his career.

Decision time for Watkins and Martavis Bryant: Coach lets the seniors ride in first class on the airplanes so they get a chance to ride in first class if they come back (Morris said with a smile).

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TigerNE writes:

Might as well say goodbye to both Sammy and Bryant.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

One of the happier stories of the year is Rod McDowell and what a great season he had. Wasn't he considering leaving the program at one time? He decided to stay and now he is a star. He did a really fine job running the ball all year long and got his 1,000 yards. I am so happy for him because he stayed and was a big contributor to the Clemosn success this year. He rally played well and I wish him well.

CUNo1Fan writes:

Sammy is definitely gone but I hope Bryant will be back. IMO, he would drastically improve his draft stock by returning as the premier WR for the Tigers in his senior year. While that would negate him starting to make money in the NFL immediately, I believe the increase in his signing bonus and contract would more than offset what he loses by waiting.

33dtb writes:

Not sure QB position will suffer that much from graduation.
If the "next Level" is consistency, then we have a good shot at improving.
Our history of occasionally having "more fumbles than TDs" can be left behind.

The system Morris is running is VERY QB friendly and we have candidates in the wings that can "keep their big boy pants on" and just "drive the bus" and not try to give the game away.
Imagine what Whitehurst could have done !!

TigerNE writes:

in response to CUNo1Fan:

Sammy is definitely gone but I hope Bryant will be back. IMO, he would drastically improve his draft stock by returning as the premier WR for the Tigers in his senior year. While that would negate him starting to make money in the NFL immediately, I believe the increase in his signing bonus and contract would more than offset what he loses by waiting.

I really doubt MB sees it the same way we fans do. He is no fan of school and school work, reportedly has two mothers of his kids who pressure him to go now, and in his mind has been preparing for the NFL for 4 years now.

Unfortunately I think it's a sure thing he goes. Dabo's answers to questions put me at the 100% level. He essentially said Bryant was leaning heavy one way and implied his mind is made up. No signs at all that lean could be to stay.

Nothing would be better than for me to be wrong about it.

TheTruth46 writes:

in response to 33dtb:

Not sure QB position will suffer that much from graduation.
If the "next Level" is consistency, then we have a good shot at improving.
Our history of occasionally having "more fumbles than TDs" can be left behind.

The system Morris is running is VERY QB friendly and we have candidates in the wings that can "keep their big boy pants on" and just "drive the bus" and not try to give the game away.
Imagine what Whitehurst could have done !!

USC drove Tagee's bus for him for 3 seasons. Drove it over him, under him, around him, and on top of him. Sure gonna miss Ole Tagee, and seeing those scared eyes. The comment in this article about OSU being just a play or 2 from the national championship is hilarious. They barely got by in several games and were steamrolled by Michigan State.

cwby writes:

in response to TheTruth46:

USC drove Tagee's bus for him for 3 seasons. Drove it over him, under him, around him, and on top of him. Sure gonna miss Ole Tagee, and seeing those scared eyes. The comment in this article about OSU being just a play or 2 from the national championship is hilarious. They barely got by in several games and were steamrolled by Michigan State.

Leave it to a no class dirtpecker to make a post like yours. Totally sums up the level of fans from the second rate school down the road.

essoclub writes:

in response to TheTruth46:

USC drove Tagee's bus for him for 3 seasons. Drove it over him, under him, around him, and on top of him. Sure gonna miss Ole Tagee, and seeing those scared eyes. The comment in this article about OSU being just a play or 2 from the national championship is hilarious. They barely got by in several games and were steamrolled by Michigan State.

@The Truth46: 65-42-4... That is not really a rivalry. Congratulations on the short-term success of your historically mediocre football program. Let's take a look at just how successful the S. Carolina football program has been since 1892:

Overall winning percentage S.C. (.510) / Clemson (.596)
National Championships: S.C. 0 / Clemson 1
Postseason bowl record S.C. 7–12 / Clemson 18-18
Conference titles S.C. 2 / Clemson 18
Division titles S.C. 1 / Clemson 3
Heisman winners S.C. 1 / Clemson 0
Consensus All-Americans S.C. 15 / Clemson 20

In summary, your football program is still wearing "short pants" by historical standards. None of this leather helmet talk either - your program has been a joke for all of the last 5 years, give or take another 2 years during the Holtz era. Welcome to primetime. In the 121 year history of S. Carolina football, you do not get to discount 114 years of mediocrity.

Run along now.

essoclub writes:

in response to TheTruth46:

USC drove Tagee's bus for him for 3 seasons. Drove it over him, under him, around him, and on top of him. Sure gonna miss Ole Tagee, and seeing those scared eyes. The comment in this article about OSU being just a play or 2 from the national championship is hilarious. They barely got by in several games and were steamrolled by Michigan State.

Your juvenile comments are quite humorous, I will give you that. But, please try and pay attention...

Your comment, "They (OSU) barely got by in several games and were steamrolled by Michigan State."

Right and in case you were taking a nap during two of the biggest games of the season, Auburn, the "powerhouse" from the SEC needed an act of God "miracle catch" to beat Georgia and a crazy one in a billion chance return of a missed kick with zero time on the clock in regulation to beat 'Bama. If Auburn is not the luckiest team in all of FBS, then I do not know who is...

Run along now; your free time would be better spent trolling on message boards where folks do not understand football.

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