Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season


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CLEMSON – Watch any highlight tape from last season, and you will see any number of big passing plays from Clemson’s offense, whether it was DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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against Florida St. or Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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against Duke.

But will the number of big plays in the passing game be limited this season?

Clemson ranked second in the nation last year in the number of passing plays that went for 30-plus yards, hitting 34 such plays and trailing only Baylor’s 45 big plays. The Tigers ranked fourth nationally in passing plays over 40 yards (17), and ranked second in passing plays over 50 yards (Clemson had 10, Baylor had 11).

As a result, opposing defensive coordinators will be scheming to stop the big play and force quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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to take the underneath routes, something that Boyd struggled with in the opener against Georgia and even last week against South Carolina St., something Boyd admitted Tuesday when he said that Saturday’s effort was lackluster at best.

“It just wasn’t up to par, I don’t think,” Boyd said. “We did some good things, but whether it was me and it just translated down, whatever it was, it just wasn’t as exciting as it usually is. We just kind of came out kind of flat in general and just didn’t do what we were capable of doing.”

The old baseball commercial says that “chicks dig the long ball,” and that saying can even translate to football – who doesn’t love a long pass over the top of the defense? But opposing defenses saw enough of that out of the Tigers last season, and Boyd said he has to learn to take what the defense gives him.

“When I was out there I kind of wanted to hit the deep ball a little bit more, and I didn’t take my checkdowns and try to create some things,” Boyd said. “I just have to play the game. I have to just take what’s there – take the flat routes and take the checkdowns. Honestly, I don’t think a lot of teams are going to let us do that this year. I don’t think teams are going to let us go deep, and that is something we are just going to have to get used to. We just have to take what is there when we are out there on the field.”

Boyd said the fact that all of Clemson’s receivers are speedsters adds to the deep safety look he has been seeing.

“We just have some guys that can run. All of my guys across the board are fast,” he said. “When we are out there, we have to be alert to take what is there during the game. Last week was one of those times when I really wanted to go deep and took a little extra time I should have just taken the shorter routes and taken what was there. You know, it’s 3rd-and-10 and I wanted to take the 11-yarder, but maybe if I take the three-yard checkdown, he runs for 10 yards. Those are things we have to keep working on and developing.”

However, don’t think that the deep pass has entirely disappeared from Clemson’s arsenal – Boyd said that if the Tigers execute on the underneath routes, the deep routes will open back up.

“If you go out and execute the little things, then those big things will come later on,” he said. “It might not happen at the moment or happen at the time, but as the course of the game goes along you will be able to have what you want. You just have to perform within the system and take what is there.”

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Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
TigerNet News
We'll just have to throw more slands and crosses to
acevans®
bubble screens and
Neal in NC®
Re: Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
OrangeRunsMyBlood
Take those checkdowns and the long passes will come
AllTimeClemson
Re: Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
Tigerman1978
Not going long doesnt mean only throwing laterally
HAWG
Re: Not going long doesnt mean only throwing laterally
Tigerman1978
Re: Not going long doesnt mean only throwing laterally
slumdog
Re: Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
slumdog
I wonder why we don't throw more 15-20 yard slants/digs to
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: I wonder why we don't throw more 15-20 yard slants/digs to
allorangeallthetime52®
Eh... I know they are trying to take away the deep ball, but
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: I wonder why we don't throw more 15-20 yard slants/digs to
slumdog
I believe that we should throw a couple of DEEEEP balls a
ragtop
Re: Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
Streaking Tiger
I forwarded you guy's suggestions to Chad
cashmoney
Thanks! I did get a response from The Chad and he even
ragtop
Bring back the funnel screen...
Miko
no worries...the Chad just keeping the Tajh in check! ;-)***
jbthe1tiger99®
actually chics dig the screaming forehand down
T_I_P
Long ball setup is key so they also dig the foreplay.***
Razzmatazz
I really don't see the long ball decreasing. It has so far
josephg®
run the ball successfully
Tigerdug23®
Re: Front Page Story: Chicks dig the long ball, but long passes may be fewer this season
attheesso®
Actually ...
RevDodd®
Blowing smoke!
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