SacFalcFan Posted September 29, 2009 Share Posted September 29, 2009 CLEMSON, S.C. -- Dwayne Allen says it's no secret Clemson's offensive options have consisted of C.J. Spiller, Jacoby Ford and not much else."Every team in the conference sees it," Allen said Monday. "Every team that we play sees it, and all the fans see it. Right now, it's kind of like a two-man game. If the ball isn't going to C.J., it's going to Jacoby. And that's the way it is."Spiller and Ford have contributed 315 of the Tigers' 595 rushing yards. They have combined for 420 of the Tigers' 714 receiving yards.That's 54.5 percent of the offense on the shoulder pads of two players, putting the offense in desperate need of a third guy to emerge.And a fourth … and a fifth … and a sixth.Allen, a redshirt freshman tight end who made a huge splash by signing with the Tigers in February of 2008, would love to be one of those guys."Coach (Dabo) Swinney talks about it all the time: He says this isn't friend business, it's show business," Allen said. "I've just got to go out there and produce. It's all about production. If I go out there and show that I'm better, I'll be able to play and make more plays."Allen had an opportunity to make a big play late in Saturday's 14-10 loss to TCU at Death Valley.On second-and-13 from the Horned Frogs' 16 with less than three minutes left, the Tigers dialed up the perfect play when Allen was matched up on a linebacker down the seam.Allen faked a curl and the linebacker bit, leaving him wide open as he ran toward the end zone. Kyle Parker's throw sailed a bit high, and Clemson ended up getting nothing after two more incomplete passes.Allen appeared to lose his footing on the pump fake, but Monday he said he didn't."Nah, no slip. It was just a poorly thrown ball and one I couldn't adjust to. … Kyle just had a rough game."Allen has two catches for 17 yards on the season, and the Tigers receivers have largely been a disappointment other than Ford (20 catches, 270 yards).Senior tight end Michael Palmer has seven catches for 58 yards but botched some opportunities with a few drops against TCU.Allen said he looks at other games and sees tight ends more involved in the downfield passing game. He said he trusts that the Tigers' coaching staff will adjust and utilize the tight end more, but he admits he's "a little jealous" watching Georgia and South Carolina recently on television."It's good to see those guys catching balls, those tight ends and the way they use their offense to them," Allen said of Georgia, where he initially committed before changing his mind and signing with the Tigers."Just like South Carolina. One game, South Carolina tight ends caught like 13 balls. And they're successful. I hope it's a trend that our offense picks up on."Allen said he was overjoyed after the first drive against TCU. Palmer had a 12-yard catch on the first play. Allen had an 8-yard grab two plays later. And fullback/tight end Rendrick Taylor had a 14-yard reception later on the 16-play drive, which ended in a field goal.Allen said he and tight ends coach Danny Pearman were "on the sideline, slapping fives.""It was amazing, man."Clemson came up with creative ways to neutralize TCU end Jerry Hughes on the first drive with Palmer and Allen blocking him initially, but then flaring out into open space on misdirection and play-action.Allen said the Horned Frogs adjusted "faster than I thought they would.""They made some adjustments, but there were some plays we didn't come back to."Allen said Hughes was "a beast" even though the Tigers largely neutralized him and held him without a sack."He was a man. Blocking him was harder than blocking any of our defensive ends. And it wasn't like his technique was great. He was that great of a player."As much as he wants to make an impact in the Tigers' passing game, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Allen knows there's still plenty of stuff he needs to improve before he's considered a viable option behind Spiller and Ford."I've got to run with my eyes up," he said. "I've got to see things coming at me. There was a play early in the first half where I came and got on the safety real quick, but I didn't see the backside safety. And he came and plastered me on the side of the head and threw me off my route."If I had my eyes up, I'd have seen him and would've adjusted and Kyle would've put the ball where it needed to be and it would've been a completion. It's little things like that." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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