Cooper still ahead of Johnson in QB rotation

Cooper still ahead of Johnson in QB rotation

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Cooper still ahead of Johnson in QB rotation

Before his team broke for a weekend off, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Zerrick Cooper is still in front of true freshman Hunter Johnson at the quarterback position.

“It’s Kelly (Bryant) and, right now, Zerrick is two and Hunter is right there,” Swinney said. “Hunter just has to continue to get command of the offense and then Tucker (Israel).”

Swinney said Israel would be the No. 4 quarterback in the lineup if any of the other three could not go. Israel is coming of a stomach illness back in the fall that forced him to miss all of fall camp. But this past Wednesday, he was back on the field scrimmaging like everyone else.

“He is doing well,” Swinney said. “In fact, he went live today and got some good live work in. He was the quarterback in the scrimmage. We wanted to see some guys, some of our second and third team guys, go live today.

“He is doing fine… He is the fourth guy.”

Speaking of his quarterbacks, Swinney said there are a lot of things the Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) can do better in the passing game. Earlier in the week, co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said a lot of teams are playing a soft Cover 2 look to prevent Clemson from getting the ball down field.

Scott said the Tigers have to find better ways to attack those looks. Swinney agreed and alluded to the fact that a lot of it is based off what they do as coaches and as players to execute against those types of schemes.

“There are a lot of things we can do better as coaches and we have to take advantage of those easy opportunities that keep you on schedule and get them out of that stuff,” Clemson’s head coach said. “There are a lot of things we can do better.”

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