Posted by Chip Patterson
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris' arrival came with claims of 80 plays per game and hopes of Tulsa-like numbers. But the Tigers sputtered in the first half against Troy on Saturday, and entered halftime facing a 16-13 deficit. They turned things around in the second half, finishing with 468 total yards of offense and pulling away with a 43-19 victory. In order to pull off all of those plays, one of the keys is for the offense to be upbeat and productive with every single snap. But in speaking to the media on Monday, Morris made it clear he was not happy with their performance.
"The pace was not even close," Morris told the Charleston Post and Courier on Monday. That starts with our quarterback. I think you saw (Tajh Boyd) in the second half, when he picked our pace up, we started to play well. Again it goes back to you're having to remind these guys on the sideline between almost every possession, 'This is what we are doing…look at me on the sidelines.' It was almost like they were reverting back."
But Morris' concerns were not limited to Boyd's play under center. He also expressed extreme displeasure with the running game, explaining that "it's not close to where I want to be."
Two highlights for Tigers fans were the performances from true freshmen Sammy Watkins and Mike Bellamy. Bellamy only got to three touches, but he made the most of his first one - taking it 75 yards to the house for the game's first touchdown. Watkins, an equally dangerous speed threat at wide receiver, led all Tiger receivers with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
But a victory is a victory, and Clemson will get another chance to right the ship on offense against FCS opponent Wofford on Saturday.