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I thought Morris called an unbelievable game. The tempo was amazing, and AU was gassed after the first 20 snaps. He was in a rhythm all game, and when good playcallers get in a groove, good things happen. I thought he AE used brilliantly. He was able to get a numbers advantage by formation, and anytime Andre gets a crease, he's gonna pop it. Morris was able to isolate Nuk and get a lot of single coverage. If you watch our route combinations, we really protect our routes well. The dig at 15 is always protected by a post, and when we are 3rd and medium, our guys know how to work off the LBs and find the hole.
I've have maintained that AE was special since he was a soph. He has that "lean" to him that all good RB's have. He hits the hole quicker than anyone I've seen, and he can cut at full speed. With the threat of Nuk and Watkins outside, and if he stays healthy, he will have one of the best years, not only in Clemson history, but in the ACC.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen an offense as talented as what we can put on the field. I don't think there is a team in the country that has 4 guys like we have (AE, Boyd, Hopkins, Watkins) on one side of the ball.
I wouldn't be too worried about the defense right now. If you notice, Venables didn't seem to upset or aggrivated, but rather he continued to teach. One reason AU broke of some big runs was that our LB fits were too loose. Under Venables, the DL will free up the LBs, but they have to fit right. They were lose, and AU took advantage of the crease. If you notice, they got better and fit tighter as the game went on, and the overall play improved.
Only allowing AU one touchdown is pretty good. I coached against Frazier when he was in high school, and he is the real deal. He may struggle early, but this is a guy that wins, and can both run and throw. He will eventually be a huge force in the SEC.
I am a big Venables fan, and he is in a good spot. He's a good teacher, we're young, and he's got an offense that will put up points-a-plenty. We will see this group continue to improve.
Upvote for you, sir. Really good insights.
Especially love the point about the route combinations. I've been wondering what Morris did ... or maybe, just what Auburn did ... to warrant giving Hopkins so much cushion. We all know Nuk can play, but if I'm a DC, don't you challenge him to beat you over the top? (Unless your boundary corner naturally gives more cushion for reasons beyond by breadth of Xs and Os knowledge).
I think Morris was able to get single coverage by formation, but I really don't know why AU played off so much. Although, if you challenge Nuk, he will go past you and make a play. His hands are so good, and he plays the ball in the air as well as anyone. It also helps that AE and Boyd seemingly force AU to bring an extra guy in the box.
If you watch, you'll see a lot of the "Air Raid" concepts in Morris pass game. He always occupies the safety (or safeties if it's Cov. 2). For example, when we run the wheel with our slot reciever, the safety is almost always occupied. Most of the time it's by the backside running the seam. Sometimes he'll motion to trips and #3 will run right at the safety. This causes the OLB, or nickel back depending on coverage, to try to keep up with the wheel. If the safety tries to help and let's the middle go, Boyd will throw it down the seam.
Morris also puts DBs at a disadvantage by flooding the zone. Against 2 high, he'll go four vertical, but they are taught to bend it if they see 2 high safeties. It looks like a skinny post, but it's just a read when you see 2 high... another Air Raid concept.
I don't know what DC's will do when they have Nuk and Sammy opposite each other... especially with AE in the backfield, and the threat of TB running.
Good stuff Coach Rob. These are really good technical observations.
Needless to say Morris and the combo of athletes Clemson has at their disposal is difficult to prepare for. The announcers alluded to that during the game, saying BVG described this offense as perhaps the most difficult college offense he'd seen as a DC.
Jody Whitt | Clemson 247Sports
I think you're right when Sammy and Nuk are opposite each other. I think that's where Peake and Bryant get better. Those two's success will be being freed up with one on one coverage because of attention to Sammy and Nuk
I thought Morris' tempo was the best we've seen it. We were at the line and snapping so quick. Tajh was a leader, looked very comfortable and looked great running the ball. Clemson doesn't need Tajh to run to win games, just need him to make plays when the pocket breaks down, and give opposing def coord something else to prepare for. I'm so excited about the play of the offensive line. We couldn't ask more from those guys, I for one, thought we were in big trouble lining up vs Auburn with this group of lineman. Boy, was I wrong. When Sammy gets back, this offense is gonna explode. You're gonna have to roll safety help to Sammy's side, and Nuk will get one on one coverage on the backside, and should have a huge year. I also agree with Coach Rob, Martavious and Charone are really gonna break loose when Sammy gets back. If Ellington stays healthy and our O-Line can continue to improve, this offense is going to be lethal.
I though def line played decent. I personally would like to see more plays blown up in the backfield. Our linebackers looked a lil green playing in the new system and I had hoped to hear Stephone Anthony's name called more. But it is a learning experience and they will only get better.
Now, to the secondary....I think Breeland is a lockdown type of athlete at corner, but Robinson has me a lil worried. He looked out of position on a lot of plays and Auburns receiving corp is not that good. Im hoping he continues to improve. Safety play was decent, need more from Meeks and Hall, they are older and leaders, but overall, I think we will continue to improve. We have two games and then its big boy football time. I do think it helps playing Auburn as Fla State will not have played a team as good as Auburn. Especially our Off-line....having to block Lemonier, Bates, Ford and others for Auburn.
Thank you my man
This makes me giddy - lol
Gamecock defense says high!!!! U clowns so soon forget your collapse at the end of the year, give good defenses a couple weeks and Morris and crew will end up just like last year.
Now ban me cause I told u to
This post was edited by cocknballs 19 months ago
I would up vote myself if I could
did clemson have an interior run game last year?
If Clemson is healthy we will beat the living hell out of you this year.
Hey, is that Coach Rob of the Daniel Lions?
Can't believe all the up votes, surely your mod hasn't caught wind of this. Appreciate you though
And what makes u think u will have one this year? Ellington will be hurt by mid year, spiller disease will get him again. Hell over half his yards vs all barn came cause linebacker had terrible fundamental tackling.
Baaahahahaha so I guess yards after contact shouldn't count? Unless its Latty running the ball of course then those stats are perfectly valid and acceptable.... guess all those missed tackles against him were perfectly fundamental
This post was edited by Double_J 19 months ago
if the gamecocks were in the acc i would be thinking about a national championship too
If you are using that argument then you expect to lose Lattimore this year right? He has yet to finish a season healthy.
Auburn has a better interior Dline than you do. Im sure most of the country would agree too.
Also half of Ellington's yards were not a result of poor tackling. If you want to use that argument werent most of Lattimore's yards due to poor tackling?
After last weekend Ellington is the best running back in the state
not with your team this year you wouldnt.
first of all both teams have only played a single game. second of all auburn does not have a better interior Dline then the gamecocks
Whitaker and Wright are better than Precious and Quarles.
Quarles is good but Precious is a joke
"precious" isnt a pass rusher and doesnt get the flashy stats but hes the strongest person on the team. you have to double team him to move him backward. i think thats a good fit with players like taylor, clowney, and quarles beside you.
whitaker and wright didnt look too great this weekend
jerideau only played 26 snaps so hes not an everydown dt anyways
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