Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Clemson's stutter-step offense seems to work

The Anderson Independent-Mail examines Clemson's frustrating-to-watch offense. It may not look pretty before the ball is snapped, but it's been fairly effective nonetheless. Check it out:

Since returning to the no-huddle offense Sept. 13 against Middle Tennessee, the Tigers have averaged 27.3 points and 431 total yards �– the most yardage in the Atlantic Coast Conference during that six-game stretch. Clemson average 14 points and 312 yards in the first two games while huddling and making fewer changes at the line.

And Wake Forest, Clemson's next opponent, runs a similar offense.

DON'T DISCOUNT THE DEACS: There are a couple of stories about Wake Forest, a team with a very tricky offensive scheme that Clemson shouldn't be downplaying.

HOLDING ON: Clemson has committed an ACC-low nine turnovers so far this year. Three of those came in the disastrous Georgia game to open the season.

WATCHING THE RECEIVERS: There are a couple of stories about Clemson's physical receivers getting more attention from the referees. Officials are looking for offensive pass interference.

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