Far from over

CLEMSON - Halfway through spring practice, the push for the No. 2 quarterback job behind Tajh Boyd remains a tight race.

The battle between Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly remains tight. And, according to Chad Morris, there is plenty of time before anything is official.

"It'll be neck and neck all the way into spring and all the way through fall camp, in my opinion," Morris said. "I hope they push each other, making each other better. It makes us better.

"The future with these guys right here is really good. I'm really proud of both of them and how they're pushing each other. That's exactly what's got to happen."

Stoudt continues to hold on to a slight lead.

A junior, Stoudt has completed 39 of 60 passes for 327 yards with three touchdowns and an interception during his two seasons at Clemson. He's also rushed 15 times for 49 yards.

"You can really see Cole's maturity level, this being his third-year in it now," Morris said. "I'm really proud of Cole and where he is…and he's having a much better spring this year than he did last year."

Morris said credited the reserve quarterbacks, saying each has a "unique" skill set.

"Obviously, Chad's a little faster. Cole is a little bit more confident in what he's doing, because he's been at it," Morris said. "You're really seeing that [experience] kind of pay off. He's that veteran ball player.

"Chad, this is his first full spring in it. He's learning as he goes. There's a lot more impulse decisions that Chad's making right now. It's because he's kind of a rookie in this thing right now, but still doing really good."

Fortunately, for both quarterbacks, a decision won't be made anytime soon. With kickoff over five months away, there's no need to rush.

"I don't think there is a timetable [to name the backup]," Morris said. "I guess you could say the spring. Coming out of spring, these guys are neck and neck, or one is better than the other -- we've got to come back for fall camp.

"I don't care what happened in the spring. It's all about fall camp and who's going to show up."

But it is worth watching over the next few weeks.

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