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CLEMSON - Quarterback isn't the only position that's up for grabs on the offensive side of the ball. So is running back, wide receiver and a spot or two on the line.

While there aren't many stats to speak of, aside from what was released by the school on Monday night, the players and coaches who were made available after the first spring scrimmage had glowing reviews for the skill players and the big uglies.

The linemen, in particular, performed well.

"The line did an excellent job. I can't commend them [enough], give them any more praise," Chad Kelly said. "All those guys did a great job. The linemen are going to be very good."

That should bode well for whoever is playing quarterback, whether it's Kelly, Cole Stoudt or Deshaun Watson. Considering that starting center Ryan Norton [shoulder] and swingman Eric MacLain [foot] were held out because of injuries, that ain't too shabby.

"The offensive line did incredible today," Stoudt said. "Short-yards, that's probably the best we've ever seen and we're here in our first scrimmage. I think there were two times we didn't get the short-yardage, but we got it six other times.

"I'm highly proud of all of them, because they really stepped up today and showed that they could lead this offense, too."

Chad Morris concurred. The big, ol' goose egg by the sack total certainly helped him reach that conclusion.

"When you can go out there and [give up] no sacks and with three different quarterbacks and the moving parts on the offensive line, it's a healthy, competitive battle," Morris said.

The fourth-year offensive coordinator was also asked if any running backs stood out during Monday's scrimmage.

"It's hard to say," Morris said. "They all did a good job: Zac Brooks, D.J. [Howard], C.J. [Davidson], Wayne Gallman, they all got plenty of reps, I don't know exactly how many."

Stoudt added, "They were making big plays. I saw Wayne break a run…D.J. had a good run. They were all in there and ready to battle. It's good to have that depth at running back, so we can run the ball a lot and just sub right in, get the next guy in and keep the tempo up.

"The battle they've got going right now is going great, just like the quarterback battle and all the other battles that are on this team right now."

Kelly thinks that will be Clemson's deepest position this season.

"They all did good…we've got four or five guys, even [walk-on] Haamid Williams took one to the crib about 80 yards," Kelly said. "They're all working. It's all a competition. They're all getting better every day."

The redshirt sophomore quarterback also likes his options at wide receiver.

"Coach [Morris] said this is probably the best group we've had in four years, since him being here," Kelly said. "Everybody did excellent. When I say everybody, everybody did well."

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