Red-zone offense sputtering
CLEMSON -- The red zone has become a stall zone lately for the Clemson offense.
The Tigers have converted three of their last 10 red zone trips for touchdowns after converting 18 of their first 21 red-zone trips for touchdowns this season.
Red zone efficiency figures to be critical Saturday at Florida State where an offensively challenged Clemson team meets the Seminoles' prolific offense.
Clemson right tackle Landon Walker said he woke on Monday wondering just what the recent problem has been for Clemson in the red zone.
"It seems like we get these 15-play, 9-play, 12-play drives then we get to the red zone and it's like what's going on?" Walker said.
A 1-for-3 touchdown effort in the red zone didn't matter against Georgia Tech since Andre Ellington scored on two long touchdown runs. But with the Berkeley High product sidelined with a foot injury, red-zone production will not become any easier.
At Boston College, Clemson ended one red- zone opportunity with a Kyle Parker interception, two others ended with stalled drives and missed field goals by freshman kicker Chandler Catanzaro.
"I can't make mistakes down in the red zone," Parker said Saturday.
Try, try again
Catanzaro will get a chance to earn back his place-kicker spot this week in practice after Richard Jackson missed two field goals against N.C. State.
Catanzaro said he has made some slight changes to his routine, changes he said are aimed at slowing him down. On his misses this season, Catanzaro said he operated at too quick a pace.
Catanzaro has a family friend in former North Carolina kicker Kenny Miller, who has watched tape on Catanzaro and also advised the freshman to slow down his routine. Catanzaro also spent time last summer kicking with Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover, who told Catanzaro his main focus is on creating a consistent tempo during his field-goal attempts.
He said it
Walker on Parker's commitment to football despite signing a pro baseball contract: "If you gave me a $1 million in baseball ... there's no telling what I would do. I'm not going there … He's got all the character in the world showing up and working with us."
Sports Illustrated is projecting Clemson to meet West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 31. ESPN is also predicting Clemson plays in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, which is the ACC's fifth-ranking bowl. Clemson needs one more win to become bowl eligible.
Wake Forest gametime
The ACC announced Monday that Clemson will play at Wake Forest at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. The game will be broadcast on the web at ESPN3.
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