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Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be


  by - Staff Writer - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:52 PM
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Chad Morris has said that Clemson wants to run the ball more this year.

CLEMSON - As the quarterback battle continues to rage on, Chad MorrisChad Morris
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is looking for consistency and continuity from the rest of his offense.

With the quarterback battle most likely lasting well into fall camp, Clemson’s offensive coordinator is looking for other groups to step up and provide the consistency that the offense is lacking – mainly the offensive line and running backs.

To this point in spring practice, however, that hasn’t happened.

Morris has made it clear that without Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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, he wants Clemson to become more of a running team, but the Tigers’ ground game hasn’t been anything to write home about with just a week remaining in spring practice.

“Not as good as I want it to be. Far from where I want it to be,” Morris said of the running game after Monday’s scrimmage inside Clemson’s indoor practice facility. “I don’t think we ran the football as well as we needed to. We want to run the football more this year than we have in the past, and that is by design. We’ve studied a lot and we’ve put in a lot of work and we want to put our guys in a position to be able to run the football more. Obviously, we want to take advantage of the talent that we have around us. We’re going to adapt to what we do best. Our goal this spring was to have a consistent run game and today we didn’t have that. It’s been up and down throughout the spring. We’re not going to throw a party about it.”

Morris did say that all of the running backs have had their good moments.

“I feel like this is going to be as deep a group as we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Morris told the media. “It has yet to disappoint as far as the depth. There are some guys that are stepping up. Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
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is making plays. D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
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Lincoln, AL

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is making some plays. Zac BrooksZac Brooks
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Jonesboro, AR

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is making some plays. C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
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Clemson, SC

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is making some plays. Those are the four guys that you are working with that are pretty much getting equal reps. I’ve been pleased with that group.”

One reason for the lack of success in the running game could be injuries and inexperience along the offensive line. However, Morris said that line continues to do good things during the scrimmages.

“Without just watching the film, there were some good points, but we have to create some consistency and continuity,” Morris said. “We’ve got a lot of guys going in many different positions, right now. That’s something that we’ve really got to hone in on, but I don’t know if that will get done through the spring. A lot of guys are having to learn a lot of different roles. There were some good things and some bad things.”

Other notes

On the quarterback competition

“They all three got plenty of playing time. A week ago Chad [Kelly] started the scrimmage. Cole [Stoudt] started Wednesday’s scrimmage and Deshaun [Watson] started today’s. Everyone gets a chance to start a scrimmage and then we are trying to get them all equal reps. Chad and Cole probably got more reps than anybody today. All three guys are doing really well. They’ve all had their moments. These guys have to continue to push each other.

“I didn’t have as many quarterback runs in today, by design. Last week, we ran a lot more quarterback-designed runs. Today we wanted to see how they would react in the pocket and move around. They were able to pull the ball down and make plays when things were breaking down around him.”

On the tight ends

“Jordan (Leggett) is having the best spring that he’s had. I’ve been really proud of Jordan. He’s taking a lot of ownership and pride. He’s matured a lot. I think he was a very immature player a year ago, but most would be when you graduate early and come in early. I think he has a purpose. He’s playing with a purpose. He’s practicing with a purpose. That’s good to see. Because of that, it’s filtering down to other guys in that room.

Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
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is another guy that has had his best two practices – Friday and today. There are some good things being done by Jay Jay. Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
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Navarre, FL

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is another guy that keeps improving everyday. Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
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Isle of Palms, SC

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provides us stability there.”

On Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
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“He’s done about what you would expect a guy who’s a veteran now to do. He’s had a good spring. You would hope that his leadership role comes into the fold as we head into the summer. There have been some good things out of him. Continuity and consistency with the guys up front. I don’t think we’ve practiced with the same five.”

On the wide receivers

“There are times that you look up and there are three true freshmen on the field. Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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is a guy that stands out. He’s consistent. Mike WilliamsMike Williams
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Vance, SC

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has been up and down this spring. He hasn’t had the spring that I was hoping he would have. He’s had some good moments and he’s had some really bad moments. He has to have a great summer. Those young guys are doing well. They are doing everything that they are coached to do, but they are having to do a lot of thinking and learning have to get off of press coverage.”



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Subject (Replies: 27) Author
New Story: Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be
TigerNet News®
Plenty of time. Plenty of time.
NortherTiger®
Re: Plenty of time. Plenty of time.
brad12
Could be. Or so it seems if you hear the coaches.
NortherTiger®
Re: Could be. Or so it seems if you hear the coaches.
Slappy23
Re: New Story: Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Nope. This year is different. We have a TON more depth
NortherTiger®
Re: Nope. This year is different. We have a TON more depth
Tigerluvr
Re: Nope. This year is different. We have a TON more depth
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Is that a serious question?? Ellington racked up over 1,000
NortherTiger®
Re: Is that a serious question?? Ellington racked up over 1,000
CUAtTheFinishLine®
And?????
NortherTiger®
Re: And?????
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Is that a serious question?? Ellington racked up over 1,000
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: New Story: Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: New Story: Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be
tigertown0626
Re: New Story: Morris: Clemson run game is far from where it needs to be
armsb
I think Morris would LOVE to rush more but OL is marginal
Razzmatazz
Re: I think Morris would LOVE to rush more but OL is marginal
wmatkovich®
Re: I think Morris would LOVE to rush more but OL is marginal
slumdog
Did you just come out of hibernation or something?***
aerozeptallica®
Who's the former baseball player?
OrangeNpurp81®
Is It Too Early?.....Is It Just Coach Talk? ----
Xander5000
the only guy that really gets it***
4fngrzngr
WR's practice got tougher with Alexander jamming them up
WALLACE
It finally comes to a head...
BentZero
I read this as us having a legitimate bad a##
wildblulou
Also, take into account Morris expects a lot and will...
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