When Clemson opens fall camp on Thursday, freshman Chase Brice will enter the fold at quarterback after arriving on campus in June.
Of course, the former Grayson (Ga.) High standout isn’t expected to beat out junior Kelly Bryant, redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and fellow freshman Hunter Johnson in Clemson’s quarterback battle. Brice comes in behind them on the depth chart and behind from an experience standpoint. Unlike Johnson, Brice didn’t have the benefit of enrolling early, going through spring practice and gaining time in Clemson’s system.
However, Brice showed what he is capable of at the highest level of high school football in Georgia, and the talented first-year player will be given a chance to show what he can do when the Tigers begin preseason practice.
“Chase is a guy that’s definitely going to be in the mix,” Streeter said recently. “Now how much, it’s hard to tell, but he’s going to get reps early on because we have to find out what he’s about. We do have reps from the other quarterbacks that we’ve seen, so we have an idea at least. We don’t know exactly what we’re going to get from Chase Brice.”
Brice will be thrown into the fire, so to speak, as he is tasked with picking up Clemson’s offensive installation on the fly and doing so against the Tigers’ fierce defense.
To help with his preparation, Brice has gotten some reps in Clemson’s skills and drills and players-only practices, per the reports Streeter has received.
“Supposedly they’ve slowly filtered him in to some of the skills and drills stuff and some of the practices they’ve been running on their own, which is the right way to go,” Streeter said. “You don’t want to throw him in the mix and have him be confused and then get flustered.”
Based on what Streeter has heard, Brice has acclimated himself well to Clemson thus far.
“He’s had a great start to the summer,” Streeter said. “His school is going really well, he’s adapted very well. He was up here so much as a committed guy and even as a signee that he knew all the guys already. So it was a smooth transition as far as that’s concerned, and that’s a big deal. His comfort level with the guys and with the coaches have been very good, so he’s kind of slid in here and done very well so far.”
A four-year starter at Grayson, Brice compiled a 40-7 career record and led his team to the 7A state championship as a senior in 2016. During his career, he completed 524 of 848 passes (61.8 percent) for 7,977 yards and 89 touchdowns against only 25 interceptions.
Clemson has no shortage of options at quarterback, so Brice will likely have to bide his time as a freshman. But Streeter is happy to have another weapon on board.
“I can’t be more excited about Chase Brice,” he said. “He brings a lot to the table, and we’re going to find out here in the first couple weeks of preseason camp what he’s about. I’m anxious to find out more about him.”
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