Just two days into preseason camp, it's a little too early start divvying up the first-team snaps that Sammy Watkins won't be playing in the Georgia Dome.
"We're going to prepare like we normally prepare," Morris said. "Sammy's
our guy in there. We've got Adam [Humphries] that rolls in. We've got
other guys that are rolling in. There will be a plan in place for it.
We've got to get guys ready to play."
There's an entire season to prepare for, not just the two games against
Auburn and Ball State, the ones that Watkins will sit out due to
"This is about the long haul, as we go through this thing. We haven't
gotten through any game preparation mode right now," Morris said on
Saturday. "All we're making sure now is that we've found the practice
field and we're giving good effort. That's what we're doing."
He added, "Our focus right now, like everybody else in the country, is the
hard work put in through fall camp."
Clemson's second-year offensive coordinator is happy with what he's seen
so far on the practice fields. But, they are just two days into preseason
"We got a gauge yesterday, and a starting point. Today, we got better.
Still a long way away," Morris said.
Effort and intensity are the two areas he's worried about during the early
"I thought it was really good today," he said. "If they were giving out
shorts and t-shirt All-Americans, we've got a few of them out there today.
"I'm excited about that. Unfortunately, that's not the way you play it. We
can't control that until we get the pads on. We can control the effort,
the intensity and excitement level out there. I was pleased with it
SLIMMER BOYD IMPRESSES MORRIS: Morris still thinks it's a big deal to be the quarterback at Clemson. Sort of like last summer, he demanded that Tajh Boyd take the necessary
steps to take his game to the next level.
"I was real interested to see where Tajh would be at the start of fall
camp, as far as his mental state of mind, his physical state of mind,"
So far, so good.
"What I've seen through two days has been a huge improvement over where he
was in spring," he said. "He had to. He needed to, to progress at the
level that we expect him to progress, to be the quarterback that we want
him to be.
"I've said it once. I've said it again. It's a big deal to be the
quarterback for the Clemson Tigers. It's not written in a contract that
this is his job. He's not entitled to that job. He is definitely showing
that and is showing the leadership that this team needs."
HOPPER EXPLOSIVE: Freshman wide receiver Germone Hopper looks good doing it. It's just a
matter of knowing what exactly he is supposed to do.
"He's very quick, very fast, [and] explosive and definitely can make some
plays. There's no question about that," Morris said. "Doesn't know what
he's doing and what play to run. What he does do, he runs fast. We're
going to get him there. It's the second day of camp for him. We're
extremely excited about him and his future."
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Freshman QB Chad Kelly is in the same boat -- loads of talent with zero experience.
"Chad is another one, like a true freshman," Morris said. "Has all the
tools, extremely athletic, has a live arm, throws the ball really well.
He's a student of the game and has got a great future ahead for him."
The first two days were heavy on installation.
"There's a lot thrown at him. He's done a good job with it," Morris said.
Business as usual for Morris, Tigers
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