Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
Morris previews N.C. State, says physical corners will be a challenge

  by - Senior Writer - Monday, November 12, 2012 1:18 PM

Mike Bellamy scored Clemson's lone TD a year ago with just 1:22 remaining

CLEMSON – Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
View Full Profile
remembers last year’s 37-13 loss to N.C. State, and he is making sure that his players remember it was well as they begin preparations this week for the Wolfpack.

Clemson hosts N.C. State in a 3:30 matchup this weekend, and the Tigers will be hoping to continue a string of offensive success that has seen the offense score at least 37 points in every game since the season opener.

Morris, however, doesn’t want to dwell on the past few weeks – he wants to dwell on what happened last season when his offense was shut down by N.C. State. The Tigers averaged a league-best 37 points and 478 yards per game heading into the game in Raleigh last season, but they didn't reach the end zone until the final 90 seconds. They didn't crack the 200-yard mark until late in the third quarter and earned many of their 337 total yards in the meaningless final minutes.

The Tigers also committed four turnovers, including two second-quarter fumbles deep in their own end that led to 10 quick points and changed the entire outlook of the game.

Morris said that State’s defense will present a challenge this week.

“Very sound,” Morris said of the Wolfpack. “Coming into last week, we knew what kind of defense Maryland had. They were very solid. This group we are playing this week - they lead the league in sacks and are number seven in the country [actually 10th]. They move their front every play, they play a lot of man coverage. That has been the coverage of the year against us.”

Morris said there are similarities between this game and the game a year ago, and the Tigers were physically beaten up in that game.

“Point blank, they got after our tail last year,” he said. “That is something that won’t go unnoticed this week as we talk about a very solid football team in State. It’s the same thing – we were 9-1 and ranked in the top 10 and they got after us. I don’t know if our guys were overlooking those guys or what. They have five returning starters from last year – if anything they move their front a lot more so this will be a challenge.”

N.C. State features a pair of talented cornerbacks in David Amerson and C.J. Wilson, and Morris said the Wolfpack like to play man coverage on the outside receivers.

He also said those corners like to take chances.

“I think they take chances,” he said. “They are extremely well-coached, and they are returning from last year. Amerson had 14 interceptions last year or something like that. That has been down this year, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that people don’t wanna throw to his side. He hasn’t had the opportunities this year like he had last year. It’s not that he isn’t playing well; he just isn’t getting the opportunities. They take chances and they are aggressive – that is their style of play. And they are physical with the receivers. They were physical last year, and it was a battle. They got after us last year.”

Rate this Story:
13 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    ESPN's Pollack and Palmer break down Clemson-UGA - 8 hours ago
    ESPN college football analysts David Pollack and Jesse Palmer spent the early part of Thursday afternoon on a conference call with the national media, and the early part of the call centered on the Clemson and Georgia opener in nine days and Clemson’s chances of making a run at the four team playoff. What does Pollack say about Deshaun Watson? Where does he rank Clemson's defense? Full Story »
    Stoudt says offense will be better than ever - 4 days ago
    Clemson's offense started slow Saturday afternoon, but quarterback Cole Stoudt said his group eventually found a rhythm and made plays and has a chance to be even better than last season. Also, Adam Humphries talks about the young wide receivers and Stephone Anthony talks about the defense. Full Story »
    Cause for concern with the offense? - 5 days ago
    Offensive coordinator Chad Morris wasn't happy following Saturday's scrimmage, and he said it was time for the coaches to turn up the heat on an offense that has to face Georgia in two weeks. What disappointed him? What does he say about the turnovers? Full Story »
    Morris: Offense and waterboys ready to fight anybody and everybody - 2 weeks ago
    Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said Saturday that the running back competition is still too close to call, and the coaches will just have to go with the hot hand. What young receivers are getting noticed? Which offensive lineman has stepped up? Full Story »
    Swinney on Watson: He'll play when he's ready - 4 weeks ago
    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has answered a ton of questions about freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson, and fall camp hasn't even started. What does Swinney say is the "perfect world" scenario for Watson? How does he compare Watson to Tajh Boyd? Full Story »

Post your comments

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Daily Digest