The great expectations

CLEMSON - After Thursday night's practice, Chad Morris didn't sound like a guy who is welcoming back four starters to his offensive line.

That's about par for the course for Clemson's third-year offensive coordinator.

But it also speaks to the level of expectations for a position that hasn't seen a ton of success over the years.

There have, however, been a few extenuating circumstances that have prevented the offensive line from living up to Morris' lofty expectations.

The following is an excerpt from his post-practice interview on Thursday night.

Where do things sit with the offensive line?
Morris: The biggest thing we're struggling with is continuity. It's just a hard-time getting everybody at practice, whether we've got a guy missing practice or this or that. Just getting the continuity and finding that right find…we have been able to get a lot of guys some reps, find some guys that we feel like we're going to be excited about.

Is it realistic to think you'll come out with your first five?
Morris: I don't think so. I really don't. I know it's going to be well into fall camp. I've got an idea of what I would like to see, but I'm not playing. I think it's going to be until fall camp. We have an idea.

Any of those pieces firmly in place yet?
Morris: Not really. No, not really. It's just getting everybody together. We're getting a lot of guys some reps. Tyler Shatley, on Thursdays, he has class, so he's missed practice on Thursdays. Again, it's just been hard to get the complete chemistry and continuity with guys in there. It's what you want. But, also, we're getting quality reps with some backups, which is going to be good in the long-run. In may not be good in the short-term, right now. But, in the long-run, I think it's going to pay off for us.

How is Spencer Region doing?
Morris: You know, Spencer has his days. He still has a long way to go. A long way to go. He's another one that had class [Thursday] and missed [practice]. It's hard to gauge him.

In the recent past, it's been, maybe, eight-nine guys. You think it could be deeper if guys step up?
Morris: I think, in the past, it's been seven guys. I'm hoping that it'll be nine or 10 guys. Maybe, 10. I'm anticipating, for sure, eight or nine -- doing something with those guys. That's what we're hoping. I think, the last couple of years, we kind of crossed our fingers and hoped we didn't have any major injuries. I think, because of the way spring has worked out, you're able to get some guys get some quality reps in critical situations, and see how it goes.

How about Kalon Davis? How has he been?
Morris: He's had some good days. He's had some days that haven't been son good. He's been OK. Kalon, it's just got to mean something to him. He's got to have that drive. There's times that he looks great. There are times when he doesn't. He looks very inconsistent, at times. Those are things that we've got to get away from. That's, kind of, been his trademark. He's got the tools. He's got the talent. Don't get me wrong. But you've got to have the heart. You've got to have the drive. You've got to have the want to. This isn't a give me sport. You've got to have a drive about yourself. He's shown some flashes. It's just got to be more than a flash. Top Stories