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CLEMSON - Offensive coordinator Chad Morris talks about Tajh Boyd's accuracy on deep throws, what he expects to see from the N.C. State defense and more.

Was that touchdown pass to Adam Humphries a second or third read for Tajh?
Morris: It was actually has second read, but he threw it through the second window. It was a great throw. He did a good job stepping up, letting it unfold. If you just draw it up on paper, you wouldn't have drawn it up to be thrown in that area, but another area. It was quicker, but they had a good defense against it. Their MIKE linebacker did a really good job of forcing it to the next window. Tajh stepped up and threw it to about the only spot he could.

When making a decision on redshirts, is there a certain number of snaps you would like to see a guy get during a season?
Morris: No, when you start putting a guy in you burn his redshirt.

Say a guy like Isaiah Battle?
Morris: You'd love to be able to have them. Obviously, we had to have Isaiah for a backup role purposes. They get the quality of practice. Sometimes, when you redshirt guys, you put them on the scout team squad and you don't get a chance to get them over. Isaiah is a guy that needed that, needed that practice. He hasn't played football that much, so you'd love to redshirt him. But, in the same sense, in the whole development and big picture of things, it was better that he be with us for the entire year.

What is Tajh's completion percentage going up a product of?
Morris: I think it's his maturity. I think it's fundamental, his footwork has really attributed a lot to his overall confidence, just the knowledge of the system, another year in it. We feel like, to play championship-caliber offensive football, you've got to be in the 68-72 percent completion rate. That's what we talk about all the time. We chart it every day. We chart it in practice during spring ball. That's a big thing that Tajh always looks at.

What do you feel has been key to red zone efficiency this season?
Morris: I think our ability to convert in short-yardage, I really do. I think that's been critical for us, our ability to keep the chains moving, Tajh being able to run the football more effectively this year, but to convert the third-and-short, the third-and-one to two, the fourth-and-one to two's. It's been really instrumental in us scoring points. We always talk to our guys about, if you're inside the 25-yardline, we've got three points. Don't screw it up. Give us a chance and be smart with the ball.

Would you say the N.C. State cornerbacks are gamblers, they take chances?
Morris: They take chances. They're extremely well-coached. Returning from last year, [David] Amerson had 14 interceptions or something like that last year. His interception total has been down this year. A lot of that has to do with people don't want to throw to his side. This year, he hasn't gotten as many opportunities as he was last year. It doesn't mean he's not playing as well. He's just not getting as many opportunities. Anytime you've got corners and safeties, they take chances. They're very aggressive. That's they're style of play.

Were they physical with Clemson's receivers last year?
Morris: Yeah, it was a battle. It was. They were extremely physical. They got after us last year. There's no doubt about that.

We hear a lot about Texas high school football. How does that compare to around here?
Morris: In Texas, there are 1,900 high schools. You're also looking at coaches that don't teach any classes. It's football all day. It's hard to compare. There are some programs in the state of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and our recruiting area that could go into Texas and compete day in and day out. Overall, you're not comparing equals, because the coaches in our state teach all day long. Football is after school, where football is built into the day in Texas, in those high schools. It's hard to compare. On the flip side of that, let me say this: the opportunity to get a player out of the state of South Carolina and you see his upside being huge. Compared to you going into the state of Texas and some of the surrounding areas -- Oklahoma is that way, too…constantly football, 24/7. The development of those players is a lot higher, because they're year-round. To see the upside of those guys, it may not be as big as the guys we get out of South Carolina. You have to do a really good job as a recruiter. You have to do a really good job of projecting players.

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