CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris wants more consistency out of his fast-pace offense and his Heisman Trophy contending quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Morris says it took until the third quarter for things to crank up in the third-ranked Tigers' 26-14 victory over North Carolina State. He says that can't continue if Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) hopes to contend for conference and national titles.
Morris said Monday Boyd was off-target because he was pressing to make the perfect play each time he got the ball. It wasn't until he settled into a rhythm the last 20 snaps that Clemson pulled away.
"It wasn't until play 59 of the game where Tajh ever settled down to the point that he was making the confident throws and standing in the pocket. That's 59 snaps into an 82-play game," said Morris. "We all know what Tajh is capable of doing. We've all seen it. He's one of the best in the country.
Morris says he's told Boyd to relax and enjoy the games because that's when the QB is at his best.
"The biggest thing you can do is you can't press. Tajh can't press. It's very uncharacteristic of him to miss the deep balls that we had the other night," said Morris. "Going back and looking at it and looking at his mechanics, it wasn't all on him. He had some protection issues up front. It was as if he was trying to place the ball instead of just throw the ball. But, that will come."
The Tigers host Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday.