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NCAA Football Handicapping: First-year OC wants Clemson playing up-tempo

06.14.2011     01:09 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Around this time of year we try to isolate teams that are expected to go through offensive transformations. One such team is Clemson who hired former Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris during the offseason. Morris is only two years removed from coaching Texas high school football but helped the Golden Hurricane produce 6,500 yards of total offense and average over 40 ppg and in 2011. Morris learned his up-tempo, no-huddle offense from Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Last year, Tulsa averaged 77 plays per game while Clemson averaged 66. The Tigers will try to rebound from their first losing season in 12 years. The offense averaged just 24 ppg and will move forward with Tajh Boyd at quarterback. It will be interesting to see what type of impact Clemson's new found offense will have on its totals. The Tigers have trended under the total in seven of the last eight years for a combined mark of 40-57 O/U. Clemson's first two BCS opponents are Troy and Auburn who both rely heavily on up-tempo offenses.

Q: What will be the biggest changes with new offensive coordinator Chad Morris?

A: The biggest change is the tempo. We're going to be a very fast-paced offense, running a lot more plays than we did last year. That's been an adjustment for everybody, but it's gone very well.

Morris: "It's hard to say, there is so much. I still think the hurry-up system is still on that cutting edge. You are starting to see a few more teams doing it, but you are going to see a lot more teams doing it over the next five to eight years. What I think will eventually happen is you'll see college football change its rules to try not to give the offense an advantage. I think that's coming. I don't know when, and I don't know if they are going to go back to the 25-second clock or what -- there is talk out there. But I think you are going to see something eventually change and go back to a more level playing field."

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