Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - Folks on the fringe of the Clemson football team tends to get a little excited about what schools Chad Morris visits during the offseason.

Previous excursions include destination spots like Reno and Stillwater.

Earlier this year, Morris and the Clemson coaches packed up and headed for Auburn. There, Morris reconnected with his old buddy Gus Malzahn for a meeting of the minds.

While on The Plains, Morris got an inside look at the 2013 Auburn offense, which averaged 328.29 yards rushing.

"They ran the ball as well as anybody in the country," Morris said.

Actually, those Tigers ran it better than everybody in the country last year. The 328.29 figure was No. 1 in the nation.

"We saw some things that they do that are similar to us," Morris said. "But, in the end, it comes back to basic fundamentals and techniques, blocking up front and running hard. Those are things we're really emphasizing this spring.

"If we only get 60 percent of the offense in this spring, that's OK. We're going to be really good at what we're [doing]."

So don't be surprised if the Clemson offense you see in Athens has a few new wrinkles.

"There's going to be a little bit new that they'll see, but for the most part, we want them to play fast and not a whole lot of thinking," Morris said.

Bigger and better Beasley?

Since Vic Beasley's emergence as a pass rushing specialist, one of the biggest talking points around his success was his weight.

The most recent number published by the school is 235.

"From a functional standpoint, if he's 250 pounds, he's going to be that much more of a terror, a little bit harder and more difficult to handle," Brent Venables said. "He's shown the ability to play at a very high level at a lighter weight. The added weight will only help him. I'm sure coach [Marion] Hobby and him have talked about an exact weight.

"I think the 250-pound range is something that is very reachable for him."

Regardless size, Venables is happy to have Beasley back, and it's not just because he's a terror off the edge.

"He's got a much better understanding of his position, the defense all the guys around him, so he just plays a lot faster, more physical," Venables said.

Venables added, "I think he really cares about how he plays, to the point where he works really hard at his craft," Venables said. "He's got a sense of humility about him that a lot of good players don't have. If you want to be great, that's a quality, I think, that's important that you have.

"You've got to have confidence but still have humility to you -- that hunger to always get better." Top Stories