Big challenge awaits in Tallahassee

CLEMSON - Offensive coordinator Billy Napier looks back at Saturday's 14-13 win against N.C. State and ahead to this weekend's trip to Florida State.

HOW OFTEN DOES FLORIDA STATE BLITZ?
Napier: I think it's all down and distance--field position based. I think they're a little less of a pressure team than they were last year. Mickey [Andrews] was pretty aggressive. Depending on the scenario, when that field gets condensed, red zone, green area, third-down, depending on the down and distance--you're going to get some heat. They're trying to create a pass rush. [Mark Stoops] is implementing his system. They're in their first year. Obviously, their kids are getting better each week. They're young, but they're also talented. A lot of these guys that we're playing against played in the game last year. They're not all starters, but the way Mickey did, he played 20 guys. They've played a lot of ball. They're a good looking group. It's going to present a challenge for our guys.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO IMPROVE IN THE RED ZONE?
Napier: One of the things, in terms of finishing drives. The way we've moved it of late--double digit play drives. When it gets down there, we've got to keep our focus, grit our teeth. We need some leadership to step up and talk about it vocally on the field. We need to have a little better focus and execution on the field. We just seem to shoot ourselves in the foot when we get down there. Then, you'd also like to not always drive the ball down there in those small portions to get to the end zone. We have to try to find some ways to create some shots, running it from out, or throwing it. I think that's the biggest difference right now. Every possession is a methodical, double digit-type deal. Saturday, obviously we got some short fields and weren't able to capitalize on those.

"We need some leadership to step up and talk about it vocally on the field. We need to have a little better focus and execution on the field. We just seem to shoot ourselves in the foot when we get down there."

IS KYLE PARKER MORE COMFORTABLE THROWING OUT OF THE SHOTGUN?
Napier: Obviously, he played in that growing up. There is a certain comfort level. He is capable of doing the other, as well. He does a nice job with the pocket play-action. We think Jamie [Harper] is better underneath center than he is in the gun, so last week played a little more under center, trying to put him in the best position to be successful.

WERE THERE SOME GOOD TEACHING POINTS FOR TAJH BOYD?
Napier: I think it's great for that kid to get in there when it's on the line and he's got that nervousness when going in there for the first time. Putting him through the ringer, in terms of preparing, knowing he's going to play in those situations, maybe the little extra focus he had through the week knowing--just the experience playing those couple of plays. We'll try to get him in there each week moving forward. With Kyle responding the way that he did and the way he continued to make plays-- even before the interception he played well. The biggest thing that I learned from that is Kyle is wired the right way. He played lights out. I guess that's a great experience for Kyle. I also talked to Tajh a lot. Did you see how Kyle responded? That's a great of example of what he learned.


"The biggest thing that I learned from that is Kyle is wired the right way. He played lights out. I guess that's a great experience for Kyle. I also talked to Tajh a lot. Did you see how Kyle responded? That's a great of example of what he learned." - Billy Napier (Roy Philpott)
DID TAJH'S PLAYING TIME PUSH KYLE TO PLAY BETTER?
Napier: Kyle just responded well to being taken out. When he got back in the game, I think he responded well to that.

DID YOU THINK YOU'D GET MORE FROM PASSING TO THE TIGHT END?
Napier: I think we have, but we also, in certain weeks we feel good about it. Sometimes we don't, just depending on what kind of defenses we're playing. People have said he's not going to beat us…it's more of a product of what the defense is doing. We're going to try to make him the primary or the second guy on the read--for the most part--on a lot of plays. Take a game like B.C. where he catches seven balls. That's a good example of the type of player he can be.

DOES FLORIDA STATE DO ALL ZONE COVERAGE?
Napier: They're a lot like our defense, in terms of the type of zone it is. They match patterns. They do play some man coverage. There are zone principles throughout.

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