By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- As the ringleader on Clemson’s young and inexperienced offensive line, senior Dalton Freeman knows that he’ll have big shoes to fill as a leader with three of the five offensive linemen from last season graduating and moving on. However, he couldn’t be more pleased with how the younger guys have stepped up and taken on the responsibility left by last year’s seniors.
“Spring practice has been going pretty good so far,” Freeman said on Wednesday after practice. “Today was rough, did half practice, half scrimmage. We worked a lot of situational stuff, which was the first time we’ve done that. But so far so good.”
As far as the starting five on the offensive line, Freeman thinks it’s getting there, but nothing is written in ink yet.
“We’re getting there,” Freeman said. “It’s still anybody’s race but right now we’re trying to focus on our technique and find 8-9 guys that can play.”
The energy level, which is something most teams worry about when there’s no game at the end of the tunnel, has been up which makes his job easier.
“We’ve done pretty well, I’ve been pleased,” Freeman said. “This isn’t the kind of group that you’ve got to go out there and motivate every day. We don’t have too many Negative Nancy’s out there so we’ve done pretty well.”
Now as a second year starter under Coach Morris’s offensive scheme, Freeman notices the little things that he and his teammates do that he knows they wouldn’t have been able to do at the end of last season.
“We’re so much further ahead than we were this time last season obviously,” Freeman said.”When Coach Morris first got here we were just wondering what he meant by the direction of the play, this year we have a full year under our belt and everyone’s able to play a lot faster. And some situations today, Tajh was able to come up and check a play that last year he wasn’t able to do in the ACC Championship or Orange Bowl. This offseason, he’s become a lot more comfortable with it, is able to make more checks in situations.”