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Frustrated Chad Kelly meets with Morris and Swinney, says future is now


  by Nikki Steele - Staff Writer - Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:32 AM
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Kelly saw limited action during the season, playing 55 snaps in five games.

CLEMSON – The future is now for Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
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The red-shirt freshman from Niagara Falls (NY) has always been accustomed to immediately contributing on the field, so sitting behind a veteran quarterback and being sidelined with an injury was a completely new experience – an experience that led to a lot of frustration.

A season worth of frustration came to a head when Kelly failed to see the field in Clemson’s final home game against The Citadel, leading to an hour and a half meeting the Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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and offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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prior to the South Carolina game.

It was that meeting that made Kelly realize that his time to lead the Tigers was coming and if he wanted to take advantage of the upcoming opportunity, he needed to start preparing now.

Kelly met with media following Wednesday’s practice and said that his passion for football and the lack of playing time in The Citadel game led to high emotions and that a meeting with Swinney and Morris is just what he needed.

“Y’all all know that I didn’t get in the Citadel game and I was very upset and emotional,” Kelly said Wednesday. “I like to play football and that’s what everybody likes to do. Me and him (Morris) and Coach Swinney kind of bumped heads a little bit. We sat down and talked for an hour and half and it really opened up my mind and got my mind right. I talked to my parents right after and I was like it’s a new beginning from here on out. I only have to deal with it for a month and a half longer until the quarterback job is wide open.”

Kelly saw limited action during the season, playing 55 snaps in five games; however, during the meeting, Morris told Kelly that if he would get his mind in the right place and continue to work hard that his future as a Clemson quarterback was very bright.

“Me and Coach Morris had a sit down talk last week to kind of go through everything that I needed to do,” Kelly said. “I’ve got my mind very good right now after talking to him about what he sees in the very near future and how he wants me to act and play as a player and take what’s given to me.”

After the meeting, Kelly said his entire mindset is different and he wants to make the most of bowl practice and get off to a great start in the battle for the starting quarterback position for 2014.

“Definitely, I’ve never been the type to sit on the bench for two years so it’s frustrating going out there and not being able to play every Saturday,” Kelly said. “Even coming out to practice after that talk, I’ve changed my attitude a whole 360 degrees after hearing what he’s got to say and how he believes in me and what he wants to see change.”

Kelly knows that he will be battling Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
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and newcomer Deshaun Watson next season, and he said that he is using that as motivation to work even harder during the practices leading up to the Orange Bowl.

“Getting ready for the future. Coach also said that these are the most important practices of your career because you are going into a situation next year where the job is open,” Kelly said. “We also have to help Tajh get better because he’s about to leave for the NFL and do the best he can. We just have to push each other and every day keep fighting.”

Kelly completed 10-of-17 passes for 58 yards and carried the ball 16 times for 117 yards and touchdown, and he thinks that he has the right combination of running and throwing abilities to be the man for Chad Morris’ offense for the foreseeable future.

“He loves running the quarterback and I feel like I can run the ball, and I feel like I can throw the ball, so hopefully it goes in my favor,” Kelly said. “That’s how all of us think, so we’ll just see how it goes.”

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Front Page Story: Frustrated Chad Kelly meets with Morris and Swinney, says future is now
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Re: Front Page Story: Frustrated Chad Kelly meets with Morris and Swinney, says future is now
cashmoney
Since I joined T-Net, I've done a complete 360.***
LinebackerU
You never left the baptist.
joetigerny
Once a baptist...
cutigerbob®
Tell 'em baptist***
LinebackerU
Re: Once a baptist...
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Once a baptist...
CUsouix®
Re: Since I joined T-Net, I've done a complete 360.***
1portroyalty
Re: Since I joined T-Net, I've done a complete 360.***
joistman®
Re: Since I joined T-Net, I've done a complete 360.***
allorangeallthetime52®
Boy, is he the hottest topic on TNet or what??
NortherTiger®
NERVOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALLIN4LIFE
He'll transfer if he gets beat out
SquishyWaffle
Kelly does give us a better shot
JohnFBell®
Disagree big time. Stoudt is a much better passer than
AllTimeClemson
I'm sure they both understand the offense
tigertown0626
Just from watching them both play on the field, Cole
AllTimeClemson
Re: Disagree big time. Stoudt is a much better passer than
48GatorBowlSon
Re: Disagree big time. Stoudt is a much better passer than
allorangeallthetime52®
Wrong. Stoudt had to come in for meaningful time
SquishyWaffle
"Points and big plays come through the passing game"
TigerTown®
unfortunately I think "The Chad" agrees...
clemsongt
UGH!! I know. HotRod was playing like a man on a mission
AllTimeClemson
No, its just a bit of common knowledge though
AllTimeClemson
What we don't know is whether Stoudt can take a full
NortherTiger®
Just because you're lanky
CUsouix®
Well, yeah. But lanky refers to muscle mass as much as
NortherTiger®
Re: Disagree big time. Stoudt is a much better passer than
ash4trek
You're right, maybe I should have clarified myself and
AllTimeClemson
Re: Kelly does give us a better shot
lhaselden
Re: Front Page Story: Frustrated Chad Kelly meets with Morris and Swinney, says future is now
sanwt
me me me me me me me me me me me look at me***
grover173
Re: me me me me me me me me me me me look at me***
Slappy23
Re: me me me me me me me me me me me look at me***
Motor City Bengal
Good players are frequently egocentric.
CUsouix®
This isnt charity, you have to earn your way on the field
AllTimeClemson
Who Is Not Looking At Things Clearly??
Xander5000
Great point, a little used senior on the practice squad
AllTimeClemson
No matter who wins the job, it's a nice problem to have
AllTimeClemson
Run Forrest Run...err Run Chad Run
ninetytwotiger®
This makes me feel good about our staff's ability to reassure
803Tiger72®
Re: This makes me feel good about our staff's ability to reassure
Motor City Bengal
Re: This makes me feel good about our staff's ability to reassure
allorangeallthetime52®
Chad Kelly should have started the SC game.***
tigerdrummer®
Love Stoudt's passing but love Kelly's passion & versatility
lightbulbbill®
Turning a full 360 puts you back where you were. Haha Sorry.***
treyhair
thatsthejoke.jpg***
tigerdrummer®
Not surprised
TigerzzRoar®
I guess the question becomes does he transfer if/when Stoudt
TigersAndCubs
Re: I guess the question becomes does he transfer if/when Stoudt
allorangeallthetime52®
After his first full season, Dabo has done a complete 360
argonaut1992®
Re: I guess the question becomes does he transfer if/when Stoudt
Tigerluvr
Re: I would have a plan to transfer if I were Kelly
MemphisCat®
Thought it said "Chad Kelly Tweets" instead of "meets."
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Front Page Story: Frustrated Chad Kelly meets with Morris and Swinney, says future is now
Djhotpoet
Not cool, Man
Lawtonfunk
I agree with Chad Kelly.
IRONCAT68
It's been a while since I had geometry but......
highcotton
Kelly will be named the starting QB in the early part of the
movino
For anyone who thinks this is a clear Kelly victory
SquishyWaffle
Re: For anyone who thinks this is a clear Kelly victory
twentytwofifteen
If I were Kelly, I would not be happy with Dabo.
UtilTiger
Coming off that knee injury, Dabo & Co. would be crazy
twentytwofifteen
Re: Yes.
MemphisCat®
Re: If I were Kelly, I would not be happy with Dabo.
hinds1962®
Amazing what a 10:00 minute 4th quarter drive by The Citadel
tpaw79
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