Napier's blue collar group

CLEMSON - Offensive coordinator Billy Napier talks about Tuesday's scrimmage inside Death Valley.

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With the loss of so much personnel from last year's team, particularly through the air, there's been much speculation this year's version of the Clemson offense could be more focused on the ground game than ever before.

Only one week through preseason camp, there's been little presented to argue that fact.

But whether it's through the air or on the ground, Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier has liked what he's seen so far, especially when it comes to overall toughness.

"It's what you would expect from a first scrimmage," he said. "Overall, when it was our first group versus their first group, the execution level wasn't quite where it needed to be. But when it was our second group versus their second group we moved the ball really well.

"There's a lot of good tape to coach off of and that's the most important thing. I'm excited about our group. I think we got a good blue collar group that takes a good approach to things It was good and bad today but that's what you would expect for a first scrimmage."


"There's no question having him there, procedurally everything is a little bit smoother," Napier said of his starting quarterback Kyle Parker.
Of course much of preseason camp and spring practice has been focused on the wide receivers and specifically who is going to make plays downfield. After Tuesday's scrimmage Napier singled out two players in particular, including tight end Dwayne Allen, who continues to be Clemson's leading playmaker down the field.

Allen caught two passes for a team-high 49 yards while backup tight end Drew Traylor added two for 29.

"But Dwayne Allen had a good day. Jaron Brown made a few plays," he said. "The throwing and catching weren't quite as crisp as I would have like it to be. Third downs early weren't very good but later on we made a few conversions which I think is a good thing."

Napier also had positive words for Clemson's offensive line, which paved the way for 155 yards on 30 carries from the three-headed monster of Andre Ellington, Jamie Harper and Rod McDowell.

"I think they did pretty good. Early in particular we ran the ball particularly with that second group. Rod McDowell did. It's hard for me to say right now because the video will tell us all we need to know."

And there's Kyle Parker. Clemson's second-year man under center completed 9-of-18 passes for 114 yards Tuesday, while also rushing for a 14 yard touchdown as well.

Parker's return this fall has led to increased optimism amongst Clemson fans, and rightfully so. However there's still work to be done to refine his game as Saturday's second scrimmage approaches.

"There's no question having him there, procedurally everything is a little bit smoother," Napier said. "But even him, first scrimmage back - he made some mistakes. Things that he'll clean up as we go along. But there were three or four plays here or there that could have really helped him have a big day."

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