The Clemson eleven picked up its first win of the season on Saturday to maneuver to 1-1 on the year with a 49-3 convert the S.C. State Bulldogs ahead of a crowd of quite 70,000 in Death Valley. For the primary time since November of 2019, Clemson football fans were back in Death Valley at full capacity. While a 46-point win should never be completely written-off, the reality is that Tiger fans came far away from the matchup with about an equivalent two takeaways because the week before when Clemson lost to Georgia: There’s no doubting that Clemson has one among the deepest defenses that we’ve seen in quite a while. The starters absolutely dominated SC State– even as they did against UGA– which unit goes to be ready to give the offense a while to grow.
But, let’s be clear in saying that the offense goes to wish to grow. D.J. Uiagalelei completed but 60 percent of his passes and finished the afternoon with just 171 yards passing and one touchdown with one interception. He also rushed for 2 touchdowns. Will Shipley led the running backs with eight carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns while Kobe Pace had seven carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. While it’s great to ascertain the running backs posting production, let’s be clear in understanding what opponents from here on out are getting to do: They’re getting to stack the box and make Uiagalelei beat them together with his arm.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t proven he can do that– not this season, anyway– as of yet. Uiagalelei can make every contribution to the book, but he just seems like he’s pressing. If the sport slows down for him, that’s when this offense will begin to click. Speaking of the sport slowing down for Uiagalelei, that brings us to what the offensive identity must be: It must speed up with the tempo. Quick, easy reads to urge the ball out of his hand fast. Line up and go and obtain the defense on its heels. The Tigers did some tempo within the half-moon and it worked to a T. That tempo may cause some quick 3-and-outs every now then, but more so than not, it’s getting to highlight the strengths of the offense and diminish a number of the weaknesses.
As Uiagalelei gets into a rhythm, the sport will hamper for him then, all of a sudden, we’re talking a few high-powered attacks. But, at now for better or for worse, the sole answer is to let the offense’s identity be ‘tempo,’ quite just like the olden days with Chad Morris.