Moving on up

CLEMSON - After dropping N.C. State safety Jarvis Byrd with right-handed upper cut, Isaiah Battle found himself in Dabo Swinney's dog house.

Battle sat out the following week's game against Wake Forest. A week later, he played 10 snaps against Syracuse. Battle didn't play against Boston College, but has logged 59 snaps in the three games since then.

Once again, his stock is bullish.

Swinney had good things to say after last Wednesday's practice. Morris followed with more positive words on Monday.

"He's had a good 10 days of practice," Morris said. "So we'll build off of that and see how it goes Thursday night."

When asked if it was possible that Battle would be inserted into the starting left tackle spot and Brandon Thomas would slide over to right tackle, Morris responded, "No."

After a wry smile from the third-year coordinator, he said, "Nope."

But the story hasn't changed since the calendar flipped to 2013. And that's no secret.

"Obviously," Morris said, "We'd like to have Isaiah Battle play more."

Morris saw "some good things" from several of the young, reserve offensive linemen in the Virginia game. Jay Guillermo played 47 snaps at center. Eric MacLain had 27 at right guard.

"All the guys that we saw, I was very pleased with some of our young guys and how they executed. There are some guys that are going to get more playing time. How much more? I don't know. They did a good job," Morris said. "They came in and did what they were supposed to do. I'm very pleased with those guys. We've had some good competition in practice over the last couple of weeks, so we'll see."

The more intriguing position battle

There are four games left before the biggest debate since Parker v. Korn.

Will Cole Stoudt finally start after serving as the backup quarterback for the last three seasons? Or will it be Chad Kelly? Or, assuming he follows through with his commitment, will it be Deshaun Watson?

For now, Morris can't talk about Watson. But he can discuss the two guys that are already on campus.

Against Virginia, Stoudt completed 5 of 9 passes for 31 yards and rushed for 23 yards on three carries. Kelly connected on 5 of 7 throws for 27 yards. He also rushed for 56 yards, 38 of which were on a scoring run.

"I thought those guys really compliment each other. I think they've done a great job," Morris said. "It's good to see Chad back and getting out in the open field, making a few guys miss…to see his confidence level, that's only going to help him out.

"I'm excited about those guys being able to come in and play. Not a lot of teams have that luxury of putting those guys in there to play. It's definitely going to pay dividends as we continue to go."

On the same page

Last week, Tajh Boyd talked about the strides he and Sammy Watkins have made on the field with one another. They're very much on the same page, kind of like Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins were a season ago.

"That's good to see. Obviously, there is a lot of trust and a lot of confidence in each other. I think we've seen that, really, over the last few weeks," Morris said. "I know Sammy's had a great year. The last couple of weeks you're really starting to see the confidence level, Tajh knowing where Sammy's at all times."

Morris is ready to see the other big-play-type receivers make that jump. br> "We want to continue to build, on not just Sammy, but Martavis [Bryant] and Mike Williams at our 9-man position, to be able to develop that consistency so we have that trust there as well," Morris said. "I think you're starting to see that." Top Stories