Maintaining a steady buzz

CLEMSON - Offensive players bubbled with excitement after wrapping up Saturday's scrimmage, the first intrasquad game of the spring.

The addition of first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris has reinvigorated the buzz around Clemson's offense. A student of Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Morris runs a similar fast-paced, spread system that those Tigers used to win a national title earlier this year.

Saturday wasn't a "full-blown" scrimmage, only situational work, which included a first-and-10, plus or minus four-yard contest, second-and-long, third-and-long and third-and-3 with two downs to pick-up a first-down.

According to Morris, the offense enjoyed its fair share of success. And once Monday's practice started, it was apparent that Morris' unit was still riding high from the weekend.

"I think the guys felt like there was a lot of confidence coming out of Saturday," he told reporters after Monday's practice. "I think that they thought we had already won the national championship, because they kind of thought they didn't have to practice too much today, so we had to remind them that they haven't done anything yet.

"We had good day Saturday. Today wasn't quite as good, because we were feeling proud of ourselves…we made some progress. We moved the football. That was good, especially against our defense. That bunch is really talented."

Tajh Boyd said it's up to him to keep momentum moving along from practice to practice.

"It wasn't our best day," he said of Monday's session. "It was a very big install day as well, but I take that upon myself, just being a leader. We've got to push each other as a whole. We can't have a down day, especially for a top, d-one team."

All excitement aside, it's still a work in progress. After all, they're less than halfway through spring practice.

"We've got a lot of work to do, a lot of growing to do. It's still a young team, but we can't play like that," Boyd said.

Morris isn't the least bit surprised to see the ups and downs.

"We've been really good at times, and we've been really bad at times," he said. "We've just got to find that happy medium and continue to keep getting better. All that was exactly what I expected installing a new offense."

Installation on the offensive side of the ball had recently been dialed down. Monday's practice was a heavy install day.

"[There were] different situations today. It was more of a red zone, short-yardage stuff," Morris said. "We had to incorporate some of that into our offense."

The Wednesday scrimmage, which is the last spring practice session before spring break, will be more of a traditional scrimmage.

"We've just got to keep getting better," Morris said.


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