Heading into Saturday’s first stadium scrimmage of fall camp, it’s safe to say Kelly Bryant has the lead in Clemson’s quarterback room after eight days of practice. However, will that be the case after Saturday?
Of course Bryant is ahead of freshmen Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson as the three continue to battle to be the guy who will replace two-time Heisman Trophy Finalist Deshaun Watson when the defending national champions kick off the season on Sept. 2 against Kent State in Death Valley.
“Just seeing how we put it all together,” said co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott when he was asked what he was hoping to see from the quarterbacks in the scrimmage. “We’ve had our moments and we’ve done some really good things.
“Kelly Bryant has had a really good fall camp up to this point, the best week that he’s had in his entire career. I want to see him carry that over to a scrimmage situation. I want to see the entire offense carry over the execution that we’ve had. It’s been really good at times and I want to see us carry that over where the coaches are off the field. Can we execute? Can we get the tempo going? Can we go down on a long drive and score?”
Scott has not been disappointed with any of the quarterbacks to this point. However, he has been amazed with what he has seen from freshman Chase Brice, who did not enroll in school until the start of the second summer session.
“What he’s been amazing with is what he can do,” Scott said. “Just getting here this summer, he has learned everything very quickly. It’s been very obvious to us coaches that he has very good football knowledge.
“He’s got good instincts for the position. He’s jumped right in there. He is a casual person coming to practice so you would think that he’s been here longer than a week of practice.”
On Saturday, Scott and the rest of the offensive coaches will get to see where all four of the Tigers’ quarterbacks are at in the race to replace Deshaun Watson.
“All four of those guys have done some really good things,” he said. “The scrimmage Saturday will be a good opportunity to examine those guys further in a different setting.”