MATCHING SIZE WITH CONSISTENCY
Another interview for Bryce McNeal, another question about his weight. It
happens all the time. The redshirt sophomore from Minnesota understands
everyone in Clemson wants to know what he sees on the scales.
"I came in at 165. I was tiny," he said after Monday's spring practice.
"I'm about 185, now."
McNeal, who had 19 catches for 187 yards in 2010, hasn't had a sparkling
spring. He admitted that more aggression would help improve his efforts
down the backstretch.
He shared the positives and negatives that he's taken away from spring
practice, so far.
"The positives, I'm continuing to do some good things down the field,"
McNeal said. "Negatives, I'm still not as consistent as I would like to
be. It's not an easy job."
And that job will only be more difficult given the talent expected to arrive on campus later this summer.
COACHES TALK RUNNING BACKS
Head coach Dabo Swinney sees improvement from the running back trio of
Roderick McDowell, Demont Buice and D.J. Howard.
This spring, the threesome is competing for carries with Andre Ellington
sidelined with an injury and Mike Bellamy still in high school.
Swinney wouldn't be very confident about having to play on Saturdays in
the fall with the three that are currently carrying the ball for the
"I don't think any of them, right now, we could line up and win with
today," he said. "Hopefully, with another half of spring, and a lot of
summer study and a lot of summer reps with our skills and
drills. Hopefully, mentally, they'll be ready to line up and play in
First-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris thought Monday's
practice performance was one of the better efforts by the three this
"Each one of them brings a different attitude," he said. "Buice brings a
little more of the hammer-type approach. That's what we want him to bring.
He thinks he's a slash-type back. He's not, right now. McDowell and D.J.
kind of bring a little more of the slashing approach. They're trying to
figure it all out. They're doing a good job.
"Not only are they having to run the football, we're asking them to catch
the ball, we're asking them to step up and protect."
There are two sides to the coin when it comes to having mom and dad close
When school's in, a good meal and respite are just a quick drive up the
road. During break, it's almost too quiet.
"It's kind of a good and bad thing that my parents moved here, because I'm
always close," said Tajh Boyd, who lived in Virginia before attending
Clemson. "[During spring break] I felt like I Am Legend around here."
With little to no distractions during his spring break, Boyd spent some
time watching film during spring break.
"I felt like I came out [to practice on Monday] and knew what I was
supposed to do," he said.
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