College Football Frenzy: Alberta’s Ajou Ajou fitting in with Clemson
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Ajou then escaped a tackle and juked and jived his way through a gauntlet of Georgia Tech defenders en route to the end zone for the first major of his career.
“Ajou’s still baking a little bit, but I’ve turned the heat down,” Swinney told reporters. “He’s got a little more baking to do. But you saw what he can do.”
It was just Ajou’s second catch of the season — the first covered for six yards against The Citadel early in the schedule.
He nearly scored on a highlight catch on Clemson’s previous march Saturday, when Helms hit him with an 18-yard strike at corner of the Tech end zone where the goal-line meets the pylon.
The Clemson Insider described it like this: “Ajou leaped over the Yellow Jacket defender and made a spectacular catch that was ruled a touchdown on the field. But the play was overturned because the ball did not break the plane before his foot touched the pylon.”
Swinney was impressed nonetheless.
“He just has so much to learn, but he is going to be a special player,” Swinney told reporters. “(The TD play) was just a simple little screen, and he looked like a big ol’ daddy long-legs running down the field. It was a spectacular play, as was his (earlier) catch. It was just unfortunate they barely ruled him out.
“Pretty cool to see him come back and fight for a touchdown.”
Clemson set a school record with seven passing touchdowns on the day in improving to 5-0 on the season. The Tigers QB, Heisman Trophy frontrunner Trevor Lawrence, had a career day with 404 passing yards and five first-half TD tosses.