|Running backs hope to lessen the pounding Boyd takes|
|by David Hood - Senior Writer - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:16 AM||
CLEMSON – Roderick McDowell and the rest of Clemson’s running backs want to take the pressure off of quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Boyd took a pounding last season running the football, and that pounding was never more evident than in the bowl win over LSU. Boyd not only passed the ball 50 times in the contest, but he ran the ball an astounding 29 times as well.
At the end of last season, if the Tigers faced a third-and-short yardage situation, everybody in the stadium and watching on television knew that No. 10 was going to line up in the Pistol formation and run the ball himself, usually for a first down.
Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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McDowell told TigerNet Tuesday afternoon that the backs have made it a focus to get better in short-yardage situations, and they hope that Morris calls their number in those situations.
“Tajh cannot do it all by himself,” McDowell said. “You have me and C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
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McDowell said that Boyd never complained, but the running backs know that should be their role.
“Tajh was taking that pounding all year,” he said. “But now it is time for us to step up and take the load off of Tajh. We need him this year. And it doesn’t matter which of us Coach Morris calls on - the way we work in practice and the way we train, anybody can execute on third down. “
McDowell is listed as the starter, but both Morris and head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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“For me, I feel like it doesn’t matter. Whenever the coach calls my number, I am going to go in there and have fun and do my best,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. If he wants me to run it 20 or 30 times per game, then I am going to do it, no matter what.”
McDowell then gave his scouting report on each of the other backs.
On D.J. Howard – “D.J. is one of the dudes who is a small back, but he is really physical.”
On Zac Brooks – “Zac is a pound it kind of back, and he can bring it, but he can line up and catch the ball coming out of the backfield, too. “
On Wayne Gallman – “Wayne is that heavy duty back, the guy that sticks his nose in there and move the chains.”
On Tyshon Dye – “Tyshon, he reminds me of Jamie HarperJamie Harper
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On C.J. Davidson – “He reminds of me myself. He has that speed, he is very shifty and he is quick.”
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