Q&A with QB C.J. Gaddis

Freshman quarterback C.J. Gaddis talks with CUTigers.com about his first 10 days of practice as a freshman quarterback for Clemson University. Can he avoid a redshirt as a true freshman this year? "I hope that I can get in the Georgia game," Gaddis said.

How has the first week of practice gone for you?
Gaddis: Lot's of learning right now. We're all human, I've had my low points and my high points in practice. It's just been a period of adjustments- learning the offense, working on my mechanics, things like that.

What's been the biggest adjustment for you so far?
Gaddis: Just the short routes and the great routes our receivers run and my mechanics. My drops and play-action passes. It's just getting the timing right on all of those things.

What about adjusting to the college life and being away from home, how has that been for you?
Gaddis: It's an adjustment, but I'll be fine in that department. My dad is in the military so I've been all over the place. I haven't been in the same place for more than 5 years in my whole life, so it hasn't been too big of an adjustment.

What about the guys in front of you right now...you look at Chansi Stuckey and Will Proctor, are those guys you feel like you can compete with an eventually beat out?
Gaddis: Definitely. Of course, everybody has that certain amount of self-confidence in themselves, and I'm the same way. Right now, I'm learning all I can during every practice, and hopefully one day I will be able to take over one of those guys. Right now, I'm just working on improving my skills across the board.

How much of the offense have you started learning yet?
Gaddis: They are putting in a lot of plays for me. They've been throwing in everything at once- mechanics, plays, and fundamentals. When I'm watching the guys ahead of me taking reps, the coaches are talking to me about what to look for and what not to, so that helps. But right now, it's just learning, learning, learning about everything.

Any chance you can avoid a redshirt this year, and is there any chance we could see you in the Georgia game on August 30th?
Gaddis: Well, from my standpoint, I hope that I can get in the Georgia game. But I don't know, it's all up to the coaches. If I do get redshirted, I'll just take it with a grain of salt and move on.

Have the coaches even mentioned the thought of playing another position to possibly avoid a redshirt this year?
Gaddis: No, the coaches haven't mentioned anything about that. I'm a quarterback, and that's what I'm playing right now. They haven't mentioned anything like that at all.

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