Battle for No. 2 QB heats up


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Kelly has been impressive and could avoid a red-shirt.
Kelly has been impressive and could avoid a red-shirt.

CLEMSON – The most hotly-contested position battle in Clemson’s fall camp will probably go down to the wire as three players vie for the spot at backup quarterback behind starter Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
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Sophomore Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
So. Quarterback
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Dublin, OH

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, redshirt freshman Morgan RobertsMorgan Roberts
RS So. Quarterback
#15 6-2, 200
Charlotte, NC

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and true freshman Chad KellyChad Kelly
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Buffalo, NY

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have been battling since the beginning of camp, and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said Wednesday that all three are still in the running for the spot.

“We haven’t really made a pecking order right now,” Swinney said after the Tigers ran through a situational scrimmage in Death Valley. “Kelly is right in the mix and is competing his tail off with all of them. I have been pleased with Cole the last couple of days. Morgan Roberts is a guy that has a ton of upside and he has had some very good days in fall camp. One thing I like about Morgan is when he doesn’t have a good day he usually comes back the next day and makes up for it. Because that is who he is – in my opinion he is a great competitor. We are going to keep their feet to the fire and challenge them and maybe see a little separation.”

The most intriguing player in the group is Kelly, the confident New York native who is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. The big question for Kelly is can he learn enough of the playbook and can he provide enough of an impact to escape a redshirt year.

“I think the biggest thing there is playing a guy who has already been redshirted versus a guy who hasn’t,” Swinney said. “You look at that situation differently. You don’t want to burn a redshirt year if you don’t have to. We would like to redshirt him – that is what we want to do. But we told him to come to play and compete every day and see how it all plays out.”

Swinney said that Kelly has been impressive through the first few weeks of camp.

“Chad Kelly is a guy that has been here just a few weeks, but he is operating the system at a pretty high level,” Swinney said. “It has been impressive to see him go out there and function effectively the way he is right now. No matter what group you put him in, he moves the ball and makes plays with his arm and his legs. I just like his competitiveness and how he has come to compete. A lot of that goes to how he prepared this summer – in there watching film on his own and things like that.”

The incumbent No. 2 guy – Stoudt – has raised his level of play in the last week.

“Cole Stoudt is a guy that I thought really showed up today and did some really good things,” Swinney said. “Cole took his team down for a couple of touchdowns and had a good two-minute drive to win the game. He also had a really nice, long touchdown pass to Gerome Hopper.”

Swinney said that all three bring something special to the table.

“I think Morgan and Chad have more similarities than differences,” he said. “They both have big arms and love to run the ball, and when they do run the ball they have a nastiness to them. All of them have size. Cole is the bigger one of the bunch from a height standpoint, and he throws the deep ball well. He is a good runner but not as aggressive as the other two.”

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spacer Front Page Story: Battle for No. 2 QB heats up
Crump®
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chriswalk27
spacer WHAT does- better if we had 3 years of Kelly instead of just
FLTiger87
spacer He's assuming Tajh stays his senior season... not likely.
TigerGrad11
spacer Re: He's assuming Tajh stays his senior season... not likely.
seatiger92
spacer And we're a long way from 2013... I'll reserve assumptions
TigerGrad11
spacer Re: He's assuming Tajh stays his senior season... not likely.
CleverTiger®
spacer Re: He's assuming Tajh stays his senior season... not likely.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer I agree. and I hope he does leave
cutiger51908
spacer Re: I agree. and I hope he does leave
seatiger92
spacer exactly***
cutiger51908
spacer Re: I agree. and I hope he does leave
Detigs
spacer Re: I agree. and I hope he does leave
Bulldogpaw
spacer Re: I agree. and I hope he does leave
Splode
spacer I agree with you.
89tigergrad
spacer NFL has little regard for 6'1" QBs; regardless of stats...
Moondog
spacer Re: NFL has little regard for 6'1" QBs; regardless of stats...
deleted
spacer Sure about that???
TigerGrad11
spacer In last 6 years, ZERO sub-6'2" junior QBs have been drafted
Razzmatazz
spacer Where's he going to go?******
creatiger®
spacer That's fair for everyone.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer With DeShaun Watson coming in next year
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Did Dabo just say Morgan Roberts has a big arm?
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Did Dabo just say Morgan Roberts has a big arm?
ALL IN Tiger 888
spacer Re: Did Dabo just say Morgan Roberts has a big arm?
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Did Dabo just say Morgan Roberts has a big arm?
Orange Lightning
spacer Re: Did Dabo just say Morgan Roberts has a big arm?
PenthouseTiger
spacer Not sure Pent...
WNCTiger11®
spacer Clap, clap, clap***
Tiger5
spacer Personally....
Prime T. Tiger
spacer What metrics
CleverTiger®
spacer If its a rap battle Kelly wins easily***
AdamD021
spacer Kelly wins ??
footballmanager
spacer ^^^^^^clearly didn't get it******
dukes418
spacer WHAT?
bluemtntiger
spacer Boyd was higher ranked
Neal in NC®
spacer What's happened to Tony McNeal?***
Ranger
spacer Re: What's happened to Tony McNeal?***
JDTigerB®
spacer Out for season with injury. Cannot remember the details.
Lakedude
spacer IMO, if Kelly beats Stoudt out
Prime T. Tiger
spacer I pray T. Boyd stays but Chad Kelly is the real deal.
HumbleServant®
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