The chart below shows Clemson’s explosive offensive plays for the 2013 season. This is something that I’ll track, compare and contrast to this season – the Tigers first in 3 years without Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.
2014 can be viewed as a referendum on the Morris offense and whether it’s “the system” or “the players”.
While Sammy Watkins doesn’t come along every day, I personally think there’s not much of an argument. It’s the system AND the players, the players AND the system. You wouldn’t see the numbers of the last 3 years in the Billy Napier offense even with Watkins, Boyd and Bryant and you wouldn’t have seen 6,000+ yards per season under Morris without Boyd, Watkins, Bryant and others.
The numbers exclude 12 “Team Rushes” (aka “kneel down” plays) that were non-competitive.
The 2013 Georgia game is a great example of the importance of explosive plays. The 9 explosive plays Clemson had that night accounted for 269 of the Tigers 467 total yards (53.3%). The other 65 plays accounted for 218 total yards (3.4 yards per play).