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CLEMSON - Normally, this is the time of year when the hype machine is kicked back into motion.

It's jayvee practice time.

The Clemson coaches block out several periods at the end of each bowl practice for the players that have spent the pervious season taking a redshirt and/or working on the scout team.

Previous seasons' jayvee practice reports have offered fans the chance to rejuvenate their excitement for promising freshmen and underclassmen.

To those hoping to read something good about Chad Kelly, Germone Hopper, Jay Jay McCullough, T.J. Burrell or Martin Aiken, this isn't for you.

Neither head coach Dabo Swinney nor offensive coordinator Chad Morris would offer specific observations about this year's jayvee players.

"I'm not going to point any individuals at this point," Morris said. "From the quarterback all the way down, they've all got a lot of work to do. But we're able to get a lot of work in."

When asked about individuals who are standing out, Swinney responded, "None of them that I'm going to comment on, but they're all doing a good job."

He added that the work has been solid.

"We scrimmaged [Wednesday] with them, just letting them play, letting them go compete," Swinney said. "That's quality work for those guys, just hearing our voices in a different way.

"The teaching, getting back to thinking about Clemson, as opposed to whomever the team of the week is, I think that's been good for them."

Morris has seen both good and bad from the guys on his side of the ball.

"I've seen some positives from some of those guys. I've seen some guys that have a long way to go, a long way to go. They need spring ball, and then some," he said. "You can definitely tell that some of them have been scout team, reading cards and executing off cards. I can't wait to get the opportunity to motivate them a little bit.

"Some of them feel like they've arrived, but they haven't even gotten into the car yet."

Swinney looks forward to seeing some of that talent contribute on game day.

"We've got some good, young talent. A bunch of those guys will help us next year. Several of them will end up having great careers, no doubt about it," Swinney said.

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