That time of the year

CLEMSON - There's nothing better than the first two-a-day of preseason camp to get Chad Morris' blood boiling.

Entering his third camp as the offensive coordinator at Clemson, Morris came out firing during his Friday media obligation.

"Some of these guys think they can't go any harder," he said. "They've got to keep working. They think it's tough. It ain't tough. We've got to be a lot tougher right now on these guys. We've got to keep straining these guys.

"I hope to see some guys that are really pushing and working, and we have been. We've got to go harder. We've got to strain them a little harder as a coaching staff."

With Morris, that kind of challenge usually starts up front on the line.

"We've got some guys that are stepping up and playing a little bit. We're still moving guys around to different positions on the o-line. We haven't set on a certain group just yet," he said. "We've got some guys getting some good reps [and] getting good evaluation on film…we're far from being the ol' hogs of the Redskins right now. We're not there yet, but we've got some guys working hard with it."

The guy who was a defensive tackle a couple of years ago received the most praise from Morris when he started to talk about specific players on the line.

"If there's a guy that's having as good a camp as anybody, it's Tyler Shatley. That guy is solid," Morris said.

On the surface, the battle to see who will be lining up to Shatley's immediate left is ongoing. Ryan Norton was named the starter after spring practice, but the door hasn't completely been closed on Jay Guillermo.

"We have some good competition going there, but we've had a problem with some high snaps," Morris said. "I think we've got some guys thinking a little bit too much. We'll get all of that straightened out.

"Decent battle going on there, still would like for them to push each other a little bit harder than they're doing. I don't want them to think there's any sort of pecking order. I think that they kind of think there is, and there's not." Top Stories