The numbers below are through 248 plays, which include the first 3 games of 2013 and the first 3 games and part of the 1st quarter of game 4 in 2012.
While the decrease may look harmless, just know this: With 6 less explosive plays in the first 248 plays Clemson is on pace for 26 less explosive plays this year assuming the same number of plays run as in 2012 (1,062).
That’s 2 less explosive plays a game which could make quite a difference.
While Andre Ellington was explosive, the three headed running back that Clemson has employed has done a nice job of stepping up, particularly against N.C. State on Thursday. Through 248 plays the Tigers have 1 less explosive run than they did in 2012 (with 2 less carries).
The passing game is another matter. Having come into the game slightly ahead of last years pace the Tigers appeared “out of synch” at times and now it’s the passing game that makes up the bulk of the difference with 5 less explosive plays (with 2 more passes) than last season.
It’s a little bit of everything. Tajh Boyd has missed some open receivers, some passes have been dropped and everyone knew Clemson would miss Nuk Hopkins.
The good news is #’s 1 and 2 can be fixed.
The bad news is # 3 may be the biggest problem of all and Clemson can’t fix that.