Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris are tweaking the Tigers offense which should benefit the winners of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but at the same time will hurt Tajh Boyd’s Heisman trophy chances in the 2013 season.
According to Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, the Tigers are looking to get more production from their running backs in short-yardage situations and adopt a power running game with a downhill approach to get those tough yards.
Sounds like a great idea, right? Running backs are supposed to be able to get those tough yards on third and one or in goal to go situations, but that will also mean that the ball is taken out of the hands of Boyd who enters his senior season with Heisman aspirations.
Boyd returned for his senior season for a chance to win an ACC Title and get to the BCS Championship Game, but after a junior season where he combined for 46 touchdowns, he was very much on the short list for Heisman favorites entering this season.
He posted career-highs in his rushing numbers last year when he ran for 514 yards and 10 touchdowns on 186 carries, but by not having the ball as much in goal line situations he figures to see his touchdown totals take a dramatic dip.
Boyd is a class act, the epitome of a selfless player and a dedicated leader so he really could care less about his statistics or winning a Heisman. His biggest goals are avenging last year’s loss to Florida State, beating in-state rival South Carolina, winning the ACC and a BCS Championships.
Provided all that happens and the tweaks to the offense make the entire team better in those situations, then the Heisman trophy may end up being his anyway.