We're talking about practice

CLEMSON - Jordan Leggett is very well-aware that his practice approach is in need of a serious overhaul. He'll be the first one to admit it.

Leggett was very matter-of-fact about that when he talked to reporters about the subject on Monday afternoon.

"I'm a lazy person. So every practice that we've had so far -- they're not able to trust me because of my practice habits," he said. "But when it comes to game time I know how to flip the switch, do what I have to do to help my team have the best opportunity to win.

"They don't trust me because of my practice habits. I guess I need to go out there and change that. When it comes to a game, I feel like they can trust me, because I know how to flip that switch."

It's that kind of attitude that has driven Chad Morris crazy over the last few months.

"Jordan, he's a freshman that's battled what a lot of freshmen go through. He's a young man that will continue to mature, both mentally and physically," Morris said. "And know that this is game where you have to bring it everyday, even in practice, so that's our challenge with him."

Leggett gets that, even though he doesn't always apply it.

"I know I need to do it. I just need to teach myself to do it everyday, go full-speed every play, because I'm not in that much during practice," he said. "Every time I'm in, I just have to know to go full-speed.

"It's just a mindset thing with me right now, because they don't use me as much as I want to be used."

Before Saturday's game against Maryland, Leggett caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. He caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the 40-27 win over the Terps.

"It felt great on my part, because I don't get to score that often," Leggett said. "When they gave me the opportunity to actually go out there and play, I like to give back to them, to make it like it's not a bad thing for them to put me in the game.

"Because I know what I'm doing. I can make plays. I'm one of the most athletic tight ends here, so they just need to keep giving me more opportunities, basically."

That's the plan, despite practice habits. Morris said that Leggett will see an increased role moving forward.

"They have a short leash on me. If I mess up, it's like the end of the world," Leggett said. "My laziness, I mean, it's just me. It's personality-type thing. I'm very nonchalant about things. I've got to change that in the near future. I've just got to work on it."

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