The Clemson Tigers offense has had only one 250-yard passing game since the start of October, and that’s just fine with Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
Swinney knows the Clemson offense can beat you in a variety of ways, evidenced by the team rushing for more than 200 yards in each of its last three games.
The head coach said Kelly Bryant’s statistical downturn in the passing game can partially be attributed to their more efficient run stats, which Bryant is a very big part of.
Two of the four games with Bryant’s most rushing attempts have come in the last two games against NC State and Florida State.
Bryant says he needs to work on his mechanics to boost his passing numbers.
One of the most explosive plays in the game came when Bryant found tight end DJ Greenlee for a 32-yard gain on a drive that ended in a field goal.
Greenlee was supposed to be part of the tight end group that replaced Jordan Leggett, but a knee injury has severely limited his 2017 season. Milan Richard has taken much of that responsibility this year, and Greenlee has tried to help him as much as he can.
The senior tries not to think about his final appearance in Death Valley this upcoming week:
The biggest surprise for the Clemson offense is the emergence of Travis Etienne.
The freshman from Jennings, Louisiana began the season as the #4 running back on the depth chart for Clemson.
While pass protection issues keep him from being an “every-down” running back, he has made the most of his opportunities.
Etienne averages 7.7 yards per carry on just 80 attempts this season, and has a touchdown in every Tigers game but two.
He says he’s not surprised about his instant success in the Clemson offense.
Clemson squares off with The Citadel Saturday at 12:20 on ACC Network.