Let the games begin

CLEMSON - A glazed look crept across Chad Morris' face when he was asked about the most recent quarterback competition of his coaching career.

"I'd have to think about that one," Morris said. "I don't know."

G.J. Kinne was -- for the most part – was the guy at Tulsa in 2010. For the last three years at Clemson, it's been all Tajh Boyd. You'll have to forgive Morris, it's been a while.

"It's been a long time," he said.

Morris will be hard-pressed to forget the one that kicked off on Wednesday between Cole Stoudt, Chad Kelly and Deshaun Watson.

For Morris, who's entering his fourth season as the Tigers' offensive coordinator, there is one thing in particular that he wants to see from all three candidates this spring.

"Be the same guy every day, be the same guy," he said. "You're going to have great days. You're going to have really bad days, be the same guy every day. I mean your approach to learning, your approach to play. Be [steady].

"The last thing that anybody wants to deal with is a guy that's real high and the next day he's real low. I think we've all been around people like that. You don't know what kind of personality that you're dealing with.

"Be the same guy every day. That's [Dabo Swinney's] advice. That's my advice. Be supportive of each other and be the same guy every day. If you'll do that, the consistency will win out in the end."

To see who can be more consistent, Morris said "a lot of mind games are going to be played."

"See how you respond when we put you in some adverse situations," he said. "Whether that's us doing it or your play that's done it -- how you respond."

Morris is going to enjoy it every step of the way.

"I love it. I'm excited. I really am. I'm excited for these guys," he said. "I'm excited to watch them. I'm excited to see them grow. Every play means something. Everything they do means something. It all counts."

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