Monday, December 2, 2013 5:36 PM
Freshman report: Offense
by Nikki Steele
Staff Writer

CLEMSON – The Clemson offense will lose many great playmakers after this season, and fans are always interested to know how the redshirted players are coming along.

With that in mind, TigerNet decided to take a peek into the future and ask offensive coordinator Chad Morris this week about five of the redshirted offensive players as well as a couple of players that have fallen off of the radar recently.

Morris said that he will have a better idea of how each player will contribute after spring practice, but that overall he has been impressed with the way the group has worked during the fall.

Running back Tyshon Dye most likely would have played this season had it not been for multiple injuries that required surgery. Also, Morris said that the coaches held running back Wayne Gallman because they thought Dye would be healthy enough to contribute, but as the season progressed they decided not to burn Gallman’s redshirt.

Also, one surprise is that Morris has been very impressed with D.J. Greenlee after his move from linebacker to tight end.

OL Maverick Morris

“Maverick Morris is a guy that definitely needed his year of redshirting. He’s going to be a good player for us and I’m excited about him. He’s using this as an opportunity to get stronger. He’s got great feet and really moves well.”

RB Tyshon Dye

“We know the injuries that he’s had. He’s the big back that we’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get that to happen. He’s very explosive and runs very physical. He runs with great pad level.”

RB Wayne Gallman

“Wayne Gallman is a very violent runner. He’s quick and explosive. I’m excited about him. We were able to redshirt him and get him stronger. He will get bigger and stronger with time, but he’s not quite there yet. I’m really excited to see him this spring. He and Tyshon will be a great running back duo for us.”

TE D.J. Greenlee

“Another young man that is getting bigger and stronger. He’s taking on a tight end role. We’ll see where he fits in with that. I’m excited about him. He’s got really good hands. I know he’s gotten bigger and stronger and that’s what he needed.”

OL Tyrone Crowder

“He’s definitely going to be a very, very good player for us. I’m excited about him. He’s going to be a great player. He has taken ownership to get into better shape. He has lost a lot of weight. I think he’s lost about 35 pounds and he looks good.”

Nikki Steele can be reached at nikki@tigernet.com