Clemson Tigers need Boyd to pull double duty
CLEMSON -- When Dabo Swinney went in search of a new offense in January, Auburn was fresh in the Clemson head coach's mind.
Swinney witnessed what a dual-threat quarterback like Cam Newton could do in person, when Auburn defeated Clemson last September. Swinney saw the impact of an effective rushing quarterback in the national title game when Newton led Auburn over Oregon.
A dual-threat quarterback element was high on Swinney's priority list this offseason when he hired offensive coordinator Chad Morris. But through two weeks, starting quarterback Tajh Boyd has yet to be much of a running threat. Not including sacks, Boyd has rushed 13 times for 51 yards (3.9 yards per carry) this season.
"I think you will see us continue to add that element to our offense," Swinney said Tuesday. "The problem in the first game was he gave it when he should have kept it, and he kept it when he should have given it. He needs to be a difference-maker for us with his scrambling ability."
Ellington working overtime
While running back Andre Ellington says he is OK carrying a heavy workload -- Ellington has played 120 snaps in two games -- Swinney said it is important to get freshmen Mike Bellamy and D.J. Howard more involved to lift some of the burden from Ellington.
"At running back, there are some unknowns," Swinney said. "Bellamy is a guy we have to get going."
He said it
"I'm not overly confident," Swinney said of his second-team units.
Defensive tackle Tavaris Barnes and offensive guard Kalon Davis, four-star recruits from a year ago, failed to receive a single snap versus Troy. … Center Dalton Freeman said the offensive linemen have not watched as much film as last year and have yet to master the new offense, which might explain the lack of aggressiveness. ... Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele indicated safety Rashard Hall is near full strength.