Media Day News and Notes - Part Two

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Chad Morris at the Reserve on Tuesday.  (TigerNet / David Hood)
Chad Morris at the Reserve on Tuesday. (TigerNet / David Hood)

SUNSET- Selected notes and quotes from the second session with Clemson assistant coaches at head coach Dabo Swinney Dabo Swinney
Head Coach
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’s media golf outing Tuesday at The Reserve.

Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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The running game needs to improve for the offense to improve

“We’ve got to be more efficient in running the ball,” Morris said. “Last year we averaged 200 yards per game, but going back through our studies and looking at the games, we want to up that this year to a 226 mark as we start pushing toward this year.”

Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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’s improvement

“Talking to Tajh, he’s been very impressive this summer,” Morris said of Bryant. “He is working hard and we’ll see how that goes. I think Martavis is a big guy that will definitely be counted on in the equation.”

What to expect from the tight end position

“I think if you look at any of the positions, the loss of Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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was a big hit,” Morris said. “You’ve still got guys like Darrell SmithDarrell Smith
RS Sr. Fullback
#40 6-2, 250
Gadsden, AL

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, Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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and Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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. I’m really excited about Stanton right now. He weighs about 230 or 232, which is up about 10 or 12 pounds from where he was in the spring. He tells me that he doesn’t feel sluggish and that he feels great and feels lean. Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS Fr. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC

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is a guy that had a decent spring. He didn’t get to us until late and really missed fall camp and goes through spring ball which was his first time seeing a big install. We’ll see what happens.”

Running back by committee

“I’m excited about Hot Rod. He has had a really good summer in talking to our guys,” Morris said. “He’s really trying to develop himself into that leader role. I also think you’re going to see Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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step up. It’s his time to show what he can do. D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Jr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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is another one. D.J.- we want to see D.J. look like the D.J. when we played Auburn at home two years ago. We haven’t really seen that. He really wasn’t healthy last year, but coming into the summer he’s finally healthy. I think you’re going to see one of these freshmen step into a pivotal role. Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
Fr. Running Back
# 6-1, 210
Elberton, GA

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is weighing in at 218 and is 6-0 tall and he is that bigger back that we need.”

Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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coming off ACL injury

“I don’t know all of the details, but I do know that he’s been throwing and he’s started running,” Morris said. “As far as getting into his workouts and his footwork, he hasn’t done any of that yet. It’s just really hard to tell. His mentality is that he’s going to be back and be back early, but you wouldn’t expect anything else from Chad.”

Wide receiver coach Jeff ScottJeff Scott
Assistant Coach / WRs / Recruiting Coordinator
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Germone Hoopper’s progress

“Germone is a very talented player. I think like a lot of young players, he has to get some experience out there,” Scott said of Hopper. “Obviously, he red-shirted last year, but we saw some bright things from him this spring. He’s still not as consistent as we’d like, and he’s got some things that he has to continue to work on. Through 29 practices in camp, he will have opportunities to show what he can do and earn playing time. He’s a guy that we have high expectations for, but he has a lot of work to do to break the rotation with four rising juniors.”

Defensive backs coach Mike ReedMike Reed
Defensive Backs Coach
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On the field or in the box?

“I don’t know. To tell you the truth, I’d like to be up top,” Reed said. “First, I like to be able to see everything and two, we don’t need two hyper people on the sideline. If you ever look at the game, you always see Coach Venables half way on the field, and you don’t want me on the field because I’ve been known to do that. I don’t want to get yelled out so just take me out.”

Expectations of the secondary

“My expectations are that we should be the best in the country, the best in the conference,” Reed said. “The question marks that people have for us should be erased. I want to dominate on all levels. I expect all of my guys to play. People always ask if I know who is going to red-shirt and who is going to play. No I don’t, because I think all of them should be playing- in the secondary, on special teams, defense, somehow some way we have to contribute.”

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