Giff getting it done?

CLEMSON - Redshirt sophomore Gifford Timothy continues to fight for the start right tackle job. Nearly halfway through spring practice, it's his to lose.

Although Timothy, a rising redshirt sophomore from Middletown, Del. sits atop the depth chart, he knows there's plenty of work left before the spring comes to a close.

"I'm still competing for the position," he said. "Hopefully, at the end of the spring, I can come up with that spot."

Timothy added, "It all depends on how hard I work and how good I do in the spring, honestly. I'm coming out, working hard every day and see if I can maybe earn that spot, first-team, and get some good playing time."

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has seen spurts of quality play from the 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive tackle.

"Giff Timothy is a guy that's got flashes. He's like a sparkler on the Fourth of July. You light him, he looks good, then he'll burn out," Morris said. "You've got to keep him lit. That's the thing with him."

Listed behind longtime starter Landon Walker last season, Timothy logged 45 snaps in seven games, including a season-high 17 against N.C. State.

For Timothy, the biggest challenge was adjusting to the speed of the game, which tended to be a little faster than anything he'd ever seen first-hand on the gridiron.

"I think I'm starting to get better with that," Timothy said. "It's all about game experience with that, too. I noticed that's a big difference. I noticed that when I got thrown in to the N.C. State game last year, how fast the game is on game day, compared to practice, sometimes. Just more game day experience makes you used to the game speed."

A two-star prospect out of high school in 2010, Timothy picked Clemson over offers from Boise State, Maryland and Rutgers.

Nearly two years removed from high school, Timothy listed his strengths and weaknesses.

"Mostly strength on pass blocking with my punch -- that's probably one of my biggest weaknesses. One of my biggest strengths is getting off the ball and run blocking," he said.

And so far this spring, Morris likes what he's seen. As is the case with many young players, he wants to see more consistency.

"The flashes we see, they're good flashes," Morris said. "We've got to get into that mental grind and keep mentally pushing."

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