CLEMSON — Tajh Boyd broke a number of single-season records last fall as Clemson’s quarterback, and the breakout could be in part tied to working with quarterback guru George Whitfield in California.
Boyd’s father, Tim, told a few reporters Friday his son will again travel to work with Whitfield during Clemson’s spring break later this month.
Whitfield focused on having Boyd use his core and lower body more in his throwing motion. Incorporating his lower half allowed Boyd to increase his throwing velocity last season. Whitfield has worked with a number of elite QBs, including Andrew Luck and Cam Newton.
Last year, Chad Morris visited Nevada and Oklahoma State in the offseason and effectively installed the pistol formation.
This offseason Morris said he has also traveled to select schools and entertained offensive minds on Clemson’s campus.
Morris wouldn’t reveal whom he has visited with, but he did say he is “challenging” his offense.
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Vic Beasley could compete for a starting defensive end spot this fall, but he still has work to do.
Beasley has rare speed and explosiveness but lacks bulk. He posted a team-best eight sacks in a limited role last season. Venables wants to see Beasley improve off the field.
“He has to invest in it,” Venables said. “He has to be more consistent with attention to detail and energy.”
Clemson coaches are raving about the talent and depth at linebacker this spring, a group that includes former five-star prospects Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony, who are entering their junior seasons. Clemson also gets the addition in Oklahoma transfer Kellen Jones, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“He’s very comfortable in the system,” Venables said. “He’s very disruptive.”
Morris said he would like to see 6-7, 290-pound sophomore Isaiah Battle win the left tackle position. That would allow Clemson to move Brandon Thomas inside to guard.
Clemson revealed tiered ticket prices for the 2013 home schedule Friday.
The highest priced games are Georgia ($75) and Florida State ($70), followed by Georgia Tech ($55), Wake Forest and Boston College ($50), and The Citadel and S.C. State ($35).
Tickets go on sale March 15.
The season ticket plan is $330 for the seven home games. IPTAY members/season ticket holders will receive a $40 discount. The order deadline is May 6.