|Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:40 AM- -|
If you have been to a Clemson practice over the past two years you have probably heard
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He is always hurrying the pace of practice and always pushing the team to go faster. This year Morris said he wants this offense to go even faster than the previous two seasons.
The last two seasons have seen Clemson win 21 football games and a big part of that is the fast-paced offense that Chad Morris brought with him. Clemson ran 1,055 plays in 2011 and in one less game in 2012, it ran seven more plays for a total of 1,062.
Clemson averaged 75.35 plays per game in 2011 and increased that number to 81.69 plays per game last season.
The number 78 seems to be the key number. Over the last two seasons in games where Clemson has run at least 78 plays, the Tigers have gone 14-0. The Tigers were 6-0 in 2011 when running 78 plays or more. Last season they were 8-0 when running at least 78 plays.
When the Tigers have run 77 plays or less they are 7-6 over the past two seasons. In 2011, Clemson was 4-4 in games where it ran 77 plays or less. Last season the Tigers were 3-2 in games where they ran 77 plays or less.
In the 10 Clemson wins of 2011, Clemson ran 78.7 plays per game. In the four losses the Tigers ran 67 plays per game. Last season in the 11 wins they averaged 84 plays per game. In the two losses last year Clemson averaged 68 plays per game.
The South Carolina games over the last two seasons has been the low points for total plays. In 2011 Clemson ran 60 plays against the Gamecocks and last season they got off only 59 plays.
The high marks came last season with 102 plays against NC State and 100 plays against LSU.
Here is a look at the last two seasons wins:
Troy W 43-19 69 plays
Wofford W 35-27 71 plays
Auburn W 38-24 92 plays
Florida State W 35-30 85 plays
Virginia Tech W 23-3 67 plays
Boston College W 36-14 78 plays
Maryland W 56-45 80 plays
North Carolina W 59-38 84 plays
Wake Forest W 31-28 86 plays
Virginia Tech W 38-10 75 plays
Auburn W 26-19 87 plays
Ball State W 52-27 84 plays
Furman W 41-7 68 plays
Boston College W 45-31 84 plays
Georgia Tech W 47-31 93 plays
Virginia Tech W 38-17 66 plays
Wake Forest W 42-13 85 plays
Duke W 56-20 81 plays
Maryland W 45-10 76 plays
NC State W 62-48 102 plays
LSU W 25-24 100 plays
Here are the losses for the past two seasons
Georgia Tech L 31-17 65 plays
NC State L 37-13 69 plays
South Carolina L 34-13 60 plays
West Virginia L 70-33 74 plays
Florida State L 49-37 77 plays
South Carolina L 27-17 59 plays
A lot goes into the total number of plays. The defense has to be able to get off of the field. This was the factor in each of the last two South Carolina games. Also, the times where the games are already in hand, the plays may be little lower. For example, Clemson slowed down late in the game against Furman.
So lets keep an eye on the number of plays in 2013 and see if a third-year starter at quarterback translates into more plays for the third straight season.
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