Part 2 (4:10)
DeAndre Hopkins had just finished up his college basketball career.
Andre Ellington continued to rehab from foot surgery.
Sammy Watkins, Mike Bellamy, Adam Humphries and Charone Peake were still in high school while Martavis Bryant was finishing up at Hargrave Military Academy.
It was a totally different ball game at this time last year. They're all in Clemson this spring. And they're all participating in practice.
"I'm really impressed with the retention level of our players," Morris said on Saturday. "You would expect that and hope that it happens. I'm very impressed with it."
Adam Humphries surprised many by avoiding a redshirt during his first season at Clemson. (Hale McGranahan)
"Just the command that Tajh has right now, it's as good as it's ever been. You can sense his confidence level," Morris said.
That's the case across the board.
"All of them are playing with such a high level of confidence right now, because I'm not teaching terminology," Morris said. "We're teaching technique now, which is really going to be great this spring. It's what we need more than anything."
Plus, it helps that a majority of his play-makers are in camp.
"They've had a chance to go through an offseason program, so they can get stronger," Morris said. "You can tell. Their bodies, style has changed. They're more physical. In their route running, they're feeling more confident in themselves."
The Tyler Shatley experiment
With Saturday being the first day in full-pads, Morris can make better sense of what kind of progress Shatley has made.
"I had a good chance to watch a little bit of him -- very impressed. He's got such a great pride about himself," Morris said. "He's extremely smart, wants to do right. There's some technique things he's got to do right. He gets down on himself a little bit when something doesn't go right."
He added, "I'm excited. [He's] extremely athletic, very physical up front. I'm excited about Tyler. Tyler's got a great future with us there."
On the other side of Dalton Freeman
Kalon Davis, who's been working at left guard, has caught Morris' eye.
"I've been impressed with Kalon Davis…Brandon Thomas has been at the left tackle. They've been doing some good things," Morris said.
It's far from a finished product, but the signs are pointing in a direction that suits him.
"I'm impressed with that. We're not where we want to be, but I didn't expect that after day three," Morris said.