Mike Bellamy Quoteboard

CLEMSON - He may not be allowed to talk to the media, but there's plenty of conversation about freshman RB Mike Bellamy. Here is what CUTigers is hearing through five practices.

Due to the new media policy put into place this year, freshmen are not allowed to talk to the media until after they have played in an actual game.

For a handful of players, there's no doubt that time will come after the Tigers face Troy in the 2011 season opener.

One of those players is Mike Bellamy, Florida's top running back in the 2011 recruiting class.

An elusive runner, Bellamy has shown surprising power, despite weighing in at just under 180 pounds one week ago.

And even though Clemson has a starting running back who is a legitimate ACC Player of the Year candidate, Bellamy figures to be a major factor in the offense this season.

CUTigers checked in with four sources after Wednesday night's practice to see what the word is on Bellamy up until this point in preseason camp. Here's what they had to say:

Regarding Bellamy's playmaking ability...

"He's definitely a big time playmaker. You put the ball in his hands and he can score anytime from anywhere on the field. He's also been physical. Extremely physical." -- Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

"He's electric. He's going to be something else. He's got a thick lower body. He looks like [Andre] Ellington when he first came here. He's like 170-something pounds, but he'll be 195 here in a couple of years, like Andre. His lower body is explosive and powerful. He's going to have a chance to have a lot of explosive plays in his career." -- Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

Regarding his performance through five practices...

"He's getting better every day. He's a really smart guy. He's a really smart football player. The thing I'm pleased with is that he's learning how to practice. He's buying into how he has to be and that's not negotiable." - Dabo Swinney.

Regarding his toughness...

"I'm very impressed. For a guy to come in undersized like I was, it takes heart to run against guys that are 250 pounds and trying to take everything out on you. That's tough. And he's doing that and he's getting better each day." -- Andre Ellington.

"You would think, with his frame, he weighs 170, or whatever - he runs it. He sticks it up in there." -- Tajh Boyd.

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