Message delivered loud and clear

CLEMSON - As long as Chad Morris has been in the coaching business, one message has carried over throughout the years.

Good ball security... at any level, wins games.

Clemson's first-year offensive coordinator keeps up with the number of times any player puts the ball in jeopardy during practice. Once charted, punishment is doled out in the form up-downs.

"If you don't make a reference to putting a ball in jeopardy, everyday, nonstop, the only time you'll ever bring it up is when there's a fumble," he said after Saturday's stadium scrimmage. "We've got to make it a conscious effort everyday. It's totally unacceptable."

Receivers can be penalized for not tucking the ball quickly enough after a catch. They get two steps to make it happen.

Running backs are docked for improper protection after taking a handoff.

Quarterbacks can be hit for a myriad of reasons, so it comes as no surprise that Tajh Boyd leads the team in ball in jeopardy.

"And rightfully so," Morris said. "He's probably getting more snaps than anybody, and he's touching the ball every play. We've got to get better at some of the little things, in that regard. You get down in the red zone, you just throw a ball up, that's a ball in jeopardy. Just throw it away."

It's got to get better, though.

"He just tries so hard. I've just got to stress to Tajh, 'You don't have to score on every play. Every play is not designed to score.' He just wants to make a play every play," Morris said. "It's more about managing the game. He's learning that."

He's encouraged with Boyd's progress this spring.

"I've been real pleased with his ability to carry and make the reads, be able to run the football," Morris said. "Tajh has done a really good job running the football for us, making some good reads throwing the ball." Top Stories