Clemson tries to avoid complacency after 5-0 start

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the ACC in total offense this season. The Tigers are off to a 5-0 start, but the coaching staff is cautioning against getting too far ahead of themselves.

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has a ready reminder for any of his players who believe the eighth-ranked Tigers have arrived with their 5-0 start.


“I’ll have my 10½ (size) shoe up their tail if they come out dragging,” Morris said Monday.

He might have to use it, especially after what Clemson’s done this season.

The Tigers (5-0, 2-0 ACC) became the first Atlantic Coast Con­fer­ence team to beat three consecutive opponents ranked in the top 25, following wins over Auburn and Florida State with last Saturday night’s 23-3 victory at Virginia Tech.

Clemson’s offense is averaging 466 yards a game, second in the ACC and 20th in the country. Quar­ter­­back Tajh Boyd is the league leader in total offense and has thrown 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Tigers into the top 10 for the first time since the 2008 preseason poll.

Still, Morris has plenty of cold water to throw on Clem­son’s hot start this week as it prepares for Boston College (1-4, 0-2).

The Tigers’ tempo on offense against Virginia Tech wasn’t what it had been the first four games. Boyd didn’t lock on to Morris after each play as the coordinator had taught him to.

Boyd “wasn’t quite as sharp as I wanted him to be,” Morris said.

Still, it’s hard to find fault with an offense that gained more than 300 yards on the Hokies’ defense and had two scoring plays of more than 30 yards: Dwayne Allen’s 32-yard catch and Mike Bellamy’s 31-yard fourth-quarter run that put the game away.

The Tigers hadn’t won five in a row since 2000, and comparisons to Clemson’s 1981 national champions and the Auburn’s BCS winners from last year are out there.

Coach Dabo Swinney cautions everyone to slow down, saying parades are for January, not October.

“We go lay an egg this week and people forget about this real quick,” he said.



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