7 at 7: Seven day-after observations from Clemson’s 49-14 romp at Syracuse

Stanton Seckinger, Adam Humphries

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Well, this is posting at 10 a.m. Sunday, but it is 7 a.m. in Seattle, Wash. – the site of the next College GameDay. All indications is they’ll have one heck of a drive from Seattle to the southeast for the Oct. 19 edition, when Florida State comes to Clemson.

It’s also 7 a.m. in Pasadena. Not that there’s (ahem) anything significant there later this season in college football. Ahem.

This day-after edition of 7 at 7 is decidedly offense-heavy. Check out the notebook on PostandCourier.com for some defensive stuff, because Brent Venables has his unit absolutely firing on all cylinders.

Oh, also: the game story, rehashing Tajh Boyd’s record night.

1) As the team thought he would, C.J. Spiller was on the field before and during the Tigers’ trek to Syracuse. Spiller is a fourth-year back for the Buffalo Bills, and the 2009 All-American made the Pro Bowl last season with 1,244 yards.

Spiller mainly hung by the running backs in pregame warmups, and briefly stopped by the end zone to take a picture with some young Clemson fans. He also chatted at length with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and ACC commissioner John Swofford at midfield.

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7 at 7: Mike Williams pushing Martavis Bryant for playing time, Danny Ford reflects on Bill McLellan, and what Syracuse defense does well

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – Typical Chad Morris: he’s at the point of expecting to be asked what went wrong after a 49-point victory, because elite is never enough.

Quite simply, Morris said in his weekly Monday sitdown with reporters, “There’s plenty to get better. We’re not going to spend the day patting them on the back.”

Among the complaints Clemson’s offensive coordinator had for his No. 16-rated scoring offense: “We’ve got to get cleared up in our run game. We had some snap issues. We gave up two sacks just by being soft, entirely too soft and not playing with technique. Our technique has got to get better on the offensive line. We’re going to keep pressing those guys. We had three drops.”

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7 at 7: Seven wrap-up notes from Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7, the most lopsided victory of Swinney’s career

Wake Forest Clemson Football

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – Was hoping to make this morning-after version of 7 at 7 one quote from each of the seven touchdown scorers yesterday; but we only talked to four of the seven.

So, instead, seven random notes which didn’t make the print notebook and are worth taking note:

1) Sammy Watkins licked his chops all week, knowing what was coming as early as the third play of the game.

“That was scripted as an early call, because No. 7 (Merritt Noel) and No. 9 (Kevin Johnson) are very aggressive at corner, and they will jump things,” head coach Dabo Swinney said. “It was a little double move by Sammy; corner actually did a good job, but Sammy did a great job of running through the collision, and Tajh did an excellent job of keeping the ball inbounds where Sammy could go get it.

“Even if you don’t hit it, you send a message, as far as, hey, we’re going to take some shots.”

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7 at 7: Tajh Boyd’s swagger, Vic Beasley’s sack pace, and an Office Space reference

Tajh Boyd

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – I haven’t done nearly enough of these. To the blog readers: please, please hit me with your input. You can reach me at any link above: e-mail, Twitter or Facebook.

1) Tajh Boyd is one part philosopher, one part optimist.

The guy knows how to work a room; both when it’s time to drop some wisdom, and when it’s time to express some confidence.

“Being so much involved in the offense and being here for a while, we have expectations of what the offense is supposed to look like,” Boyd said.

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The Hangover, Part II: Scouting North Carolina State

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
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CLEMSON – Welcome back to game week. Time to shift into fifth gear on focusing on ACC action, and it’s a doozy of a test to start things off for top-five squad Clemson. Don’t let the Vegas line fool you.

Rashard Smith

Who: No. 3 Clemson (2-0) at North Carolina State (2-0)

When: Thursday, 7:45 p.m. ET

Where: Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583) | Raleigh, N.C.

TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)

Radio: Clemson Radio Network (WQSC-AM 1340 in Charleston) | Affiliates

Line: Clemson by -13.5

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