First of all, I would just like to start off saying that this was a very good (and somewhat surprising effort) for the entire team on both sides of the ball. Really, the only complaints I have is that Peake and G-Hop need to increase their blocking efforts, we need to learn how to yell "Peter!" and get away from rugby punts, and we should have probably given Huegel a shot or two at a field goal to give him some live action. Other than the aforementioned points, it’s kind of nitpicking from play to play. Anyways, onto the film review!
As always, here is some shorthand to know…
IZ- Inside zone, OZ-Outside zone, ZR- Zone read, RO- Read option, TrO- Triple Option, ExTro- Extended triple Option, PA- Play Action, JS- Jet Sweep, QS- Quick Screen, TS- Tunnel Screen, WC- Wildcat, NB- nickelback, LOS- Line of Scrimmage and HR- Hot read.
Nicknames- G-Drop (Germone Hopper), Whiffles (Jordan Leggett), Turnstyle (Ryan Norton), RM3 (Ray Ray McCloud III), Dr Schuess (Nick Schuessler)
Ok, let’s dive in.
1st and 10, Gallman for 4, Hyatt with a good block….2nd and 6 IZ again for Gallman gain of 5, Hyatt manhandles DE but kind of close to holding….3rd and 1, IZ again to Gallman for 1st down, nice drive block by Mac Clain….1st and 10, fake JS and deep to Peake, solid block by Gallman, underthrown but draws pass interference….1st and 10, QS to Scott but a crap block by Peake, gain of 6……QS again to Scott, Peake blocks a bit better but is aided by a forearm shiver from Scott on his man, 1st down……1st and 10, sprint out right to McCloud on the quick hitch, knee down on catch for gain of 5…2nd and 5, great pocket by the line, square in to Mike Williams for the 1st down on a gain of 16…QS to RM3 for 7……IZ by Gallma for 2, should have cut off of LG because Mac Clain had completely washed the DT down…..3rd and inches, inside power for first down, great surge on the left side….1st and goal quick slant to Williams, Mac Clain almost holds as he gets beat around the outside and falls down, great catch by Williams but scary hit to the goal post, the Wofford guy didn’t mean to, he was just trying to make a play…Review, and Touchdown Tigers…7-0 Clemson
Starting from the 40, JS to Scott, nice kick out by Gallman and great cut by Whiffles (wait, what?) 1st down….PA sprint left to G-Drop for gain of 2, the ball was a bit outside to him….2nd and 8, PA QS to RM3 and G-Drop tries to cut his defender rather than drive block and make a seam, putting 2 bodies on the ground only clogs up the running lane….3rd and 4, quick out to Scott for 1st down, he can’t be brought down and begins to go nuts on the sideline, love his intensity…1st and 10, scramble by Watson and a Wofford guy falls near his knees out of bounds (don’t lie, you pooed your pants watching it)….2nd and 3, OZ Gallman, Mac Clain and Crowder both shoved back, probably not the best idea to move those two guys laterally, 1st down…..1st and 10, fade to RM3, no one was really open on the play, more of a throw away, incomplete….2nd and 10, scramble by Watson down to the 3, broke one tackle on the play and laid out for the pylon, like the intensity but let’s be smart here Watson….1st and goal, Watson underthrows corner fade to Scott….2nd and goal, Gallman "ZR" dive for TD, I say "ZR" because Watson gave the ZR look but like it is all day, it’s a give all the way…14-0 Clemson
2nd string is in across the board, oline from left to right is Hearn, Falcinelli, Guillermo, Morris, and Fruhmorgen….1st and 10, IZ Davidson, no hole really, gain of 1…..2nd and 9, QS to RM3, great block by Hunter Renfrow big gain…..1st and 10, Dr Schuess, drop back and has a pocket, Dr scrambles out unnecessarily and carries the ball low and loose, hits Renfrow who makes a man miss for 4….2nd and 6, OZ for Davidson who misses the crease inside, crease was there for small gain but risks big loss to bounce for a gain of 2 after fighting back to the LOS…..3rd and 4, Dr Schuess stares down his slot receiver on the out, should have been picked by the OLB….4th and 4, were going for it (why not let Huegel kick it?), TS to Cain, nice blocks by Whiffles (what in the hell?) and nice block by Morris, 1st down….1st and 10 and a false start by Cain….1st and 15, inside power Davidson who bounces it for a gain of 9…2nd and 6, sprint out right, Schuess again has the ball carried low and this time it costs him and the OLB attacks down the LOS and knocks the ball loose after Hearn doesn’t touch him and Davidson does his best to slow him down…Turnover Tigers….
1st and 10, QS to Scott, Renfrow nice blocking effort again…END OF 1st QUARTER….2nd and 5, inside power by Gallman, nice climb by Crowder to seal the linebacker after doubling on DT….1st and 10, power Gallman, misreads block by Mac Clain, should have been more patient to see which way the block went as he cut left but Mac Clain had sealed the linebacker to the left making the seam to the right, gain of 2…2nd and 8, sprint left, pass too high for Scott, incomplete….3rd and 8, NB blitzes on drop back and Watson throws a beautiful strike down the seam to Renfrow who holds onto the ball nicely and fights for yardage….1st and 10, IZ for Gallman, nice cuts and good climb again by Crowder but accidentally cuts down Hyatt on the play, yikes….We go quick on 2nd down and it’s a QS to Scott, Wofford isn’t ready and it’s a touchdown….21-0 Tigers
1st and 10, hook to Whiffles for 10 yards…1st and 10 again, TS to Peake, G-Drop doesn’t seem interested in blocking but an illegal low block brings the play back….1st and 25, QS to RM3, G-Drop almost whiffed on the block but got just enough to spring RM3 for 10….2nd and 15, tough run by Dye and great seal by Hyatt, gain of 11….3rd and 4, Watson drops back and scrambles right but keeps his eyes up field to hit G-Drop at the 1….1st and goal, inside power by Dye for the touchdown….28-0 Tigers
After a terrible idea to field a rugby punt, it’s 1st and 10 with the 2nd string in again….OZ for CJ Fuller (or is it Spiller? Stupid announcers) , Falcinelli and Morris just standing and watching the play, gain of 3….2nd and 7, inside power for Fuller for gain of 2, Hearn caught watching the play this time….3rd and 5, quick hitch to RM3 for the 1st, nice pocket by the line….1st and 10, OZ for Fuller, Richard and Renfrow need to do a better job sealing the OLB and make the seam…..2nd down, sprint right draw for Brooks, massive hole outside LG, good play call as Wofford had been flowing hard on our sprint outs….1st and 10, quick hitch to RM3, nice pocket again by the line and good help by Brooks in pass pro, love it….1st and 10 again, IZ by Brooks, nick doubleteam to climb by Falcinelli to make seam up the middle, Brooks drags a guy 7 yards for the TD….35-0 Tigers
We return to action in the 3rd quarter, the lead now only 35-10 (whoa now), 1st string is still in….1st and 10, PA Watson hits Peake on quick hitch for the 1st…1st and 10, IZ Gallman, nice wham block on the DE by Whiffles (if he keeps this up, we may have to reconsider the nickname) and a great climb by Gore to the LB to seal and create a big seam, Peake almost ruins it by playing paddy cake with the CB, gain of 35….1st and goal, IZ Gallman, great double team to backside seal by Hyatt, that made the hole, 5 yard gain….2nd and goal, Watson throws the back corner fade to Peake but Peake stopped apparently expecting the back shoulder throw….3rd and goal dive by Gallman to the half yard line….4th and goal, twin TE left and Gallman dives over the top for the TD……42-10 Tigers
After another RM3 dicey punt choice…1st and 10 with 2nd string in to finish it out, QS to Cain for 4….2nd and 6, IZ by Gallman for 3….3rd and 3, Gallman gets the designed swing pass, RM3 needs to crack the OLB to give Gallman a one on one with the corner….1st punt of the day….
After turnover on downs for Wofford, 1st and 10 from 44, double PA, and Cain is BUTT NAKED DOWN THE FIELD, but Dr Schuess overthrows the ball by half a yard, ugh…..2nd and 10, IZ for Davidson, nice push by Guillermo and Falcinelli, gain of 8…3rd and 2 and another false start by Cain….END OF 3rd Quarter....3rd and 7, drop back, check down open briefly but good coverage, Dr Schuess runs it OB for a loss of 2….Punt
1st and 10 at our own 32, JS to G-Drop, no one climbed to OLB who makes the tackle…2nd and 2, IZ by Brooks for 6 yards….3rd and 2, dive by Brooks for the 1st…Dive again on 1st down for 2 yards by 24….2nd and 8, false start Fruhmorgen…2nd and 13, deep out to Cain, nice anticipation by Dr Schuess, with his lack of arm strength, he needs to be anticipatory like on this throw….1st and 10, Fuller gains 1 on dive….2nd and 9, OZ Fuller, if RM3 sustains his block better it could be a nice gain but corner comes across his face and breaks play down….Inside zone Fuller, Hearn almost holds on the play…TIMEOUT CLEMSON….Kelly Bryant now in and on 3rd down runs the QB draw for the 1st, should have waiting on guard to climb to 2nd level but still a nice effort to get the ball inside the 10…1st and goal, TS to Thompson for 4 yards…2nd and goal, IZ for Dye and it’s a touchdown, nice doubleteam by Falcinelli and Hearn…..49-10 Tiger
This is where I will end the play by play review, as the rest of the time it was garbage time and not a lot of things to look at. (The snap over Bryant’s head and subsequent run was neat though, but only in this situation with being up 49-10 late in the 4th).
The first team offense clicked well and moved the ball quite effectively. They were fast with the calls and executed at a high level, I cannot really recall the last time versus any opponent that I couldn’t really find any major busts up front on the line. Really nice job and gives me hope for the hogs this year. Granted, the 2nd team seemed to not be as effective at getting a hat on a hat but were solid in pass pro. The freshmen were freshmen at times with some shoddy decisions (Ray Ray on the punt returns) and 3 false starts (2 for Cain, 1 for Fruh), but also flashed some great ability with Deon and Ray Ray making solid plays and Williams blocking solidly when called upon. It is a big loss with Williams but we do have talent at the position but losing a player of his caliber always hurts.
Time to give out some player grades, with grades broken down by each category below.
No players, must take the Wofford game with a grain of salt especially with sparse playing time all around.
Deshaun Watson (8.5)- He came out and was fluid and confident. Managed the offense at a fast pace and made good decisions. His accuracy was a little off at some points but all in all a good day.
Artavis Scott (8.2)- He was playing fast, strong, and with enthusiasm. He couldn’t even be brought down at times, he played lights out on both offense and special teams. A true gamer.
Wayne Gallman (7.8)- The Wayne Train was good all day long at gaining positive yards, he had some nice cuts but still needs to remember to be a bit more patient. Has improved in pass pro as of right now which I love to see.
Zac Brooks (7.5)- Didn’t touch the ball much but when he did he looked decisive and explosive. I expect his carries to rise after this week. He was also solid in pass pro.
Mitch Hyatt (7.5)- Maybe I’m a little biased but the kid played his tail off. He had some great double teams and climbs to the second level and some great seal blocks.
Mike Williams (7.2)- Tough to grade him on one drive but looked good catching the ball, but blocking was meh (granted all in limited opportunities). Get well soon Mike.
Jordan Leggett (6.5)- Leggett may get to drop his moniker of Whiffles if he keeps up his blocking effort from this week. He not only didn’t miss an assignment but he actually looked decent at blocking at certain points. FINALLY.
Hunter Renfrow (6.5)- Maybe sometimes it isn’t all coaches speak. He was out best blocking WR on Saturday and actually had a couple of nice catches on the day. But definitely needs to learn when to not field a punt. I expect his snap count to rise
Jay Guillermo (6.5)- Jay was drive blocking well all day and wasn’t a liability in pass pro. Welcome back Jay.
Eric Mac Clain (6.4)- Was really effective drive blocking in the running game but did struggle at times in pass pro. Needs to not take such a deep drop, there were times he was deeper than Hyatt in pass pro.
Tyrone Crowder (6.4)- Very effective in the run game and good in pass pro but moving laterally still seems to give him fits. It’s like he’s a shorter Mac Clain.
Tyshon Dye (6.1)- Did what he was asked to do really and that was to put his head down and churn out yards. I suspect we will see him frequently as our short yardage back.
Joe Gore (6.0)- Really didn’t stand out too much other than a nice seal to spring Gallman’s long run and absolutely demolishing a DE when Watson broke the pocket. Maybe the lights are flickering inside the house?
Nick Schuessler (5.8)- He is what he is. A game manager that won’t wow you with talent. Should have been picked but also should have had a TD, but did show good anticipation on a throw to Cain.
Kelly Bryant (5.8)- Ran hard and well and was 3-4 passing. I’ll take it from what I expected from spring ball, has a really bright future.
Ray Ray McCloud (5.8)- Ran very hard and well on screen plays but blocking was lack luster. Definitely showed off his running skills though.
Justin Falcinelli (5.8)- Looked really good in his first game coming off redshirt, needs to give full effort and get his hat on someone at all times.
Maverick Morris (5.8)- See Falcinelli, Justin.
Jake Fruhmorgen (5.8)- Akin to Joe Gore at RT that I don’t really think he bust any plays but didn’t really dominate.
Taylor Hearn (5.5)- Was decent at run blocking and pass pro, as with the other young linemen, needs to be punishing someone on each play. Also missed the scraping LB on Schuess’ fumble.
Deon Cain (5.5)- I think this is more of an indictment of his false starts then actual play. Talent level excites me and will get opportunities with Williams out for the foreseeable future.
Garrett Williams (5.5)- Didn’t register a catch but was blocking well. Compared to last year’s TE fiasco, that’s all I really want now.
Ryan Norton (5.4)- Didn’t get completely annihilated by the NG so I’ll take it.
Trevion Thomspon (4.5)- Maybe a little unfair since he didn’t log many snaps but with all the buzz from fall camp, I was expecting more.
CJ Fuller (4.2)- Didn’t have many opportunities and didn’t showcase his tough running from camp but he wasn’t abysmal.
Cannon Smith (4.1)- Didn’t really impress with his blocking but once again, not many chances.
Milan Richard (4.1): Was playing assignment football but at times the drive blocking on the second level just wasn’t really there. But gets average grade out for assignment football.
Germone Hopper (4.0)- Didn’t drop a pass but his blocking effort was pitiful. You expect more from an upper classman, especially when he is getting pushed by Freshmen.
Charon Peake (4.0)- See Hopper, Germone.
I think that the overall solid from 3 positional groups is indicative of what we saw Saturday, it wasn’t a complete route and total dominance but that was due to playing our youth to get experience. Moving forward, I expect our WR and TE grades to rise as we get our youth more seasoned. The WR grades are a bit suppressed because I gave Peake and G-Drop such low grades for their unenthusiastic approach to blocking, let's see if the freshmen pushing them get's their effort level up. All in all, I am pleased with this in terms of execution and the amount of depth we got onto the field, on both sides of the ball. A nice, solid start to our 2015 season.