No Slow-Down: ACC Teams Breathe Sighs Of Relief
By Matt Phifer
Last week the NCAA Rules Committee decided not to vote on a rule that would have forced offenses to wait at least 10 seconds after the start of the play clock to snap the football, a rule that would've damaged hurry-up offenses, including four teams in the ACC.
Clemson has seen great success since hiring Chad Morris in 2011, going 32-8 with a 21-4 record in the ACC. Morris' hurry-up style is a factor in the Tigers' recent success. No matter who is the quarterback this year, Chad Kelly will be part of the future equation for the Clemson offense. With that said, Kelly is considered by some to be a better runner than Tajh Boyd. This means the hurry-up offense will continue to be used at Clemson.
North Carolina has used a hurry-up offense under coach Larry Fedora and is now considered a frontrunner in the Coastal Division heading into 2014. In 2013, the Tar Heels averaged more than 508 yards per game. New offensive coordinator Seth Littrell ran a similar offense at Indiana, so expect more of the same from North Carolina in 2014.
Miami used a hurry-up offense in 2013. When Duke Johnson is healthy and combined with a hurry-up offense, the Hurricanes could be tough to stop.
Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald told a reporter that he plans on making Syracuse a hurry-up offense in 2014. The Orange used a no-huddle offense in 2012 en route to an 8-5 record, including blowout wins over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl and then-undefeated Louisville.
The ACC does not have as many hurry-up offenses as the SEC, which includes Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, but more than conferences like the Big 12 and Pac-12. Yet, it could be argued that the Pac-12 has the most famous hurry-up offenses in Oregon and Arizona.
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