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
"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."
Giff getting it done?
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