5 Questions for Spring Practice: No. 4

In order to get to the next level, the Tigers' offense must improve in the redzone in 2006.

4) With Proctor at quarterback, will Clemson be more efficient at scoring touchdowns?
Too many times in 2005, the Tigers had to settle for a Jad Dean field goal attempt, and it wound up costing them in some games (Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Boston College) and nearly costing them in others (Texas A&M).

The good news is Clemson did lead the ACC in 2005 in scoring percentage when entering the red zone by scoring points 41 out of 45 times (91.1%). However, 16 of those were field goals, and with a running game as strong as the Tigers, the actual touchdown number needs to be higher.

On the surface, Clemson's 26.33 points per game seems rather good. But consider that it ranked 61st out of 117 Division I schools and you get a better sense of the issues the Tigers had scoring touchdowns.

Also consider that Clemson failed to score an offensive touchdown twice and only scored one two more times. There were also two more games where the Tigers managed just two offensive touchdowns in regulation.

That equates to exactly one half of the 12 games where Clemson mustered two offensive touchdowns or less.

And if the Tigers want to reach their goal of putting together a very, very special season in 2006, those numbers are going to have to improve in a major way.

That improvement starts at quarterback, where a mobile Will Proctor should allow for more quarterback scrambles on third down situations. It also starts at running back, where a healthy James Davis should provide the Tigers their best option of punching the ball into the endzone.

In addition, with nearly every key player on the offensive line returning this year, the Tigers should continue to improve their blocking up front- which helps both Proctor, Davis and freshman RB C.J. Spiller once he arrives on campus this fall.

Finally with offensive coordinator Rob Spence entering his second year with the team, there should also be a better sense of what plays work best with his personnel in redzone situations.

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