By Will Vandervort.
By Will Vandervort
Chad Morris said there was something good to come out of Monday’s scrimmage, despite the way his offense performed. The Clemson offense gave up 14 sacks to the defense on Monday and turned the football over two times in the two-hour scrimmage.
“I did see some good,” Morris said following Wednesday’s practice. “I saw that we have some guys that thought they have arrived, and they got their head handed to them. That’s what I saw. I think that was the best thing to happen to a bunch of them because they think they have done something and they have not won a game.”
Thanks to a nice talk from Morris, the offense’s intensity level was a lot better in practice Wednesday, which concluded with a situational scrimmage.
“I was not very nice to them. None of us were,” Morris said. “They responded and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. I liked the intensity level today, but we will still have a long way to go, a long way.”
After not having a running back rush for more than 39 yards in the scrimmage, Morris was pleased with the effort he got in the running game on Wednesday. The Tigers worked on running the football more in the scrimmage situations, especially with quarterback Tajh Boyd sitting out the last half of practice to let Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly get more reps with the first-team.
“That’s great. It is awesome. It gives us a chance to see these young guys perform,” Morris said. “You get to see their leadership roles and how they can step up. We got two really good ones and they both bring something unique to the table.”
Through the spring there has been very little separation between Stoudt and Kelly for the number two quarterback position.
“It is kind of back-and-forth,” Morris said. “Cole will take a big lead and then Chad will catch up and then it will be back-and-forth. They are battling hard, playing hard and it means something to both of them.
“I’m excited about those two guys. It is going to be a battle through the summer and through fall camp.”
Eye catching. Morris says Charone Peake has had a really good spring and has done a good job getting the chemistry right with Boyd, Sammy Watkins and some of the others.
Adam Humphries has continued to be solid, while Germone Hopper has also been making his fair share of plays.
“G-Hop is a guy that is electric, explosive and is trying to figure it out. He is a very good talent and is going to be a very good football player for us,” Morris said.
Boyd will be limited on Saturday. Boyd likely will not play much in the spring game, if not at all. Morris said no decision has been made on the All-American quarterback’s status for the annual spring game Saturday, but if he does play it will be in a limited capacity.
Coming off another season in which he threw for more than 3,000 yards for a second straight year, while setting all kinds of school and ACC records, there is very little Boyd will get from playing in the spring game.
In fact, Morris admitted there is very little he will get out of the spring game. All he is looking for on Saturday is for his players to play with drive and intensity. Clemson will again split the teams like it has done in every spring game since Dabo Swinney became the head coach.
“Compared to the entire spring, I don’t get much,” the Tigers’ offensive coordinator said. “But what you do get out of it is a chance to see young guys as close to a game situation as you can possibly get in Death Valley with the crowd and see how they respond.
“There is some good we get out of it, but we are not going to gage the whole spring on a split-squad spring game. We have done a lot of good things, but we have a long way to go. It doesn’t matter what we do on Saturday, we have a long way to go to be a good football team.”