Scott says young receivers have a lot to prove but will get their chance


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Jeff Scott at Dabo Swinney’s media golf outing earlier this week.

SUNSET, S.C. – Jeff Scott called one of his freshman wide receivers recently, just to make sure that the freshman was getting settled in and to see if he had any questions.

Turns out that sophomore wide receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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already had the situation well in hand.

“The Sunday that they all moved in, I called one of the freshmen just to make sure they had moved in,” Scott told the media at Dabo Swinney’s media golf outing earlier this week. “He was actually out to eat with all of the freshmen because DeAndre had called them up the day they moved in and made sure they all went out to eat together.

“He is a true sophomore, and here he is trying to help these guys, and that shows leadership. In order for us to win games, it’s gonna take more than one or two guys, it’s gonna take the whole room. The older wide receivers have been very receptive and spent a lot of time helping the younger guys so they get a general understanding of what is expected of them. I have been pleased with the response of the upperclassmen in helping them.”

Scott, the Tigers wide receiver coach, has a lot more tools to play with this season with the five new players – Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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# 6-2, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
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# 6-4, 210
Roebuck, SC

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, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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# 5-11, 175
Roebuck, SC

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and Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
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Charleston, SC

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, and he said that Clemson signing a bevy of talented recruits was no coincidence.

“I told somebody the other day that it isn’t a coincidence with me being the wide receivers coach and the recruiting coordinator that we signed some pretty good wide receivers,” he said. “I control who gets the letters and all of that, and we managed to sign some pretty good ones.”

How much and how early the freshmen play will depend on how quickly they pick up the nuances of Chad Morris’ offense, and Scott said he wants to make sure the group is founded on fundamentals before throwing them into the fire.

“Physically, they are really talented, and it would be easy to jump ahead and throw them out there before they are mentally prepared,” he said. “That is something that me and Coach Morris and the rest of the staff are going to spend a lot of time on early on, to prepare them mentally to learn the offense and the system. Maybe this is the first time they have learned some of the fundamental things we are going to be teaching them.

“We want to teach them the offense, the fundamentals and the techniques to be successful at this level. They have a lot to learn, and we are going to take it day by day and not get ahead of ourselves. The good thing about fall camp is that we have 29 practices, and a lot of those are when they don’t have school. So we feel like we have a lot of time to get these guys caught up.”

One of things he said he wants to make sure they know before they suit up is that they aren’t as good as the hype says they are – that it takes hard work and dedication.

“I obviously can't talk to them about football stuff, but in some of our general talks I have told them that none of them are as good as what everybody says,” Scott said. “That’s the bad news. The good news is that you have the potential to be, but they have a lot of hard work to do. But they need to know they haven’t arrived, and it’s a process. The sooner they understand that the sooner they can get where they want to be.”

Because of Morris’ offense, Scott said the younger players will get a shot to show their stuff during the games.

“These are more talented players, and they have more chances to make plays and I am excited from that standpoint,” he said. “One thing that is different than last year is that we are trying to shoot for 80 plays per game, and that breaks down to 50 for the starter and 30 for the guy on the second team. We are not in a situation where one guy can play the whole game, not playing at the pace we want to play.


“So that means we have six guys that are going to go in and play a lot. We are going to look at the ones we have coming in, and figure out the ones that it would be beneficial for them to sit out this year. With five returning guys and five incoming guys, it’s obvious we have to evaluate them the first two weeks of practice and figure out which ones are gonna play for us. And then, we will figure out the seven or eight that will play on Saturdays.”
Scott finished by saying he – and the fans – will have to live with some mistakes, at least early in the process.

“It isn’t going to happen overnight,” he said. “If they go out there and don’t make a mistake, then they will be the first freshmen in the history of college football that didn’t make a mistake. But, the earlier they get out there and help us, it’s better for us. But at the same time we have to stay on schedule. We are going to throw a lot at them in August, but I am fully committed to spending as much time with them as possible to get them ready.”

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Scott says young receivers have a lot to prove but will get their chance
B-Meist®
He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
Razzmatazz
Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
IRONCAT68
I agree. And get a RB coach to coach RB's***
WillardTFrog®
Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Judge Keller
Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
allorangeallthetime52®
I'm not using Coach Morris's statement. I'm using what I saw
Judge Keller
Yup
elementsOfWay
Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Razzmatazz
Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
CUalum79ALLn65®
Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Dugatiger®
Geez, those are estmations though
shankw
Yep. That's why above I noted that caveat.
Razzmatazz
I don't think its that useful in the way you're using it
shankw
I swear you make the best anti-Dabo arguments***
Wosco
Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Louis_Cypher
Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
Melclem
This gets old
elementsOfWay
If so, then there is no need to be particularly excited
Smiling Tiger®
Here's statistical proof that stars mean a LOT...
Razzmatazz
A must read for anybody who thinks stars don't matter.
Smiling Tiger®
See below.***
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They mean less for an individual to succeed, but as a whole
deleted
Simple math...
deleted
I assumed that was a given***
deleted
Of course it is. Did someone say differently?***
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4?
elementsOfWay
I thought the only reason Craig redshirted was size?***
Yzracer48
Re: I thought the only reason Craig redshirted was size?***
CUalum79ALLn65®
No. He deferred to enroll in a bathroom weapons program. :-)***
Razzmatazz
Yes and no
elementsOfWay
Hopkins, McNeal, Jones, & Ford all 4-star WRs. See below.***
Razzmatazz
See below.***
deleted
Your post below doesn't deny that there were FOUR 4-star WRs
Razzmatazz
I'm sorry, but you lost me...
deleted
Please read the sub-thread posts IN CONTEXT before replying.
Razzmatazz
Huh?
deleted
Re: Huh?
Razzmatazz
LOL. Do you really expect me to read all that nonsense?
deleted
I think that sums up your way of looking at others' opinions
Razzmatazz
What are you talking about? I said your opinion was fine,
deleted
Fine? "No basis", "silly", "ignorant", etc. That's fine?
Razzmatazz
It isn't going anywhere because you can't admit the error of
deleted
Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
tonybenson62003
Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
David78®
Read my following reply & tell me exactly how I'm "unfair".
Razzmatazz
That's not "hard data"...
deleted
You missed my point. Was I being "unfair"?
Razzmatazz
No, I didn't miss your point at all. Correct me if I'm wrong
deleted
Yes you missed the point. Yes you're wrong.
Razzmatazz
No, I'm not wrong. Not in anything I said.
deleted
You said that I said rankings are "precise". That's WRONG!
Razzmatazz
Re: You said that I said rankings are "precise". That's WRONG!
Razzmatazz
I don't undertsand the concept of sub-threads??
deleted
Is that your way of avoiding answering my reply?
Razzmatazz
Again, what are you talking about???
deleted
So are you admitting you were wrong, or no?
deleted
So you're refusing to address my points, right?
Razzmatazz
I addressed everything worth addressing. Please try
deleted
And you refuse to admit that you misstated what I wrote?***
Razzmatazz
LOL.
deleted
I don't know how else to explain it to you.
Razzmatazz
Wrong again.
deleted
You're ignoring the statistical evidence & missing the point
Razzmatazz
No, you're missing the point...
deleted
NEWSFLASH!...
deleted
Wrong! Here's statistical proof that stars mean a LOT...
Razzmatazz
Nope. A) No one said the stars don't matter, B) That's not
deleted
People who say stars don't matter and think recruiting
Smiling Tiger®
I'm not saying that. Not at all.
deleted
Sorry. Your "mostly a guess" comment threw me off course.
Razzmatazz
Disagree...
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Disagree with your disagreement. :-)
Razzmatazz
Wrong...
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Did you read that on Warchant?***
CM Shack
No. Yahoo Sports.***
Razzmatazz
One was Bryant who didn't qualify till this year, so you
CU''90
You can't blame Scott for Bryant he never qualified (till
CU''90
Not Bryant. Hopkins, McNeal, Jones, & Ford all 4-star WRs.
Razzmatazz
Hopkins seems to be a hit.
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I agree that we are bad at evaluating recruits.
Wosco
Re: I agree that we are bad at evaluating recruits.
deroberts
Excellent!
Wosco
Statistically, too many Clemson WRs are underperforming.
Razzmatazz
Can you show me your breakdown of our receivers and what
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Re: Can you show me your breakdown of our receivers and what
Razzmatazz
So in other words...
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Re: So in other words... Those are definitely OTHER words!
Razzmatazz
Bottom line, you have no basis for your opinion
deleted
Re: So in other words... Those are definitely OTHER words!
Sludgemuffin
No, he doesn't.***
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Stanley is slow. Very little chance he will get it.***
Chris8484
Only StanleyTiger's opinions are right and have basis!
Razzmatazz
Stantard thinks it is better to have 2 star recruits. Math
Chris8484
Get some help man.
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Are you crying?
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Are your comprehending?
Razzmatazz
Stan. Read it slower if you can't get it. You are not sharp
Chris8484
You poor thing...
deleted
Again, yes, I am fully comprehending, are you?
deleted
I comprehend your OPINION. I don't twist it, then insult you
Razzmatazz
I never seen someone type so much to say so little.
deleted
Stantard is no Clemson man.***
Chris8484
Look man, the demented charade only makes you look bad.
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In other words, you can't take up either of my challenges.
Razzmatazz
LOL. Again with the wild excess...
deleted
LOL. I knew you'd avoid answering my 2 points above, AGAIN.
Razzmatazz

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