Morris says lack of speed surprising


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Morris spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon at head coach Dabo Swinney’s media golf outing at The Reserve.

SUNSET, SC – Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said he took a look at the wide receivers he had available during spring practice, and one stark thing stood out to him - a noticeable lack of speed.

Morris spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon at head coach Dabo Swinney’s media golf outing at The Reserve, and he said that lack of speed hurt the Tigers last season and his hopes are that a stellar 2011 recruiting class will help in the speed department.

“Going through our first few practices of the spring, I was very surprised at the lack of speed,” Morris said. “Just the ability to stretch out the defense, and I know our defense has some speed. The only thing I could compare it to was our defense, and it wasn’t even close.

“Then the next thing I had to compare it to was the speed I had at Tulsa, and what we had at Lake Travis [High School in Texas] and here and we just didn’t have the speed. You saw that last year when the safety would squeeze down in the box and give the run defense another hat. He could do that, because he knew no one could run by him. With the guys we have coming in, and the speed we have coming in, we need to that get that speed out of those guys.”

Morris had five full-time wide receivers to work with in the spring – Nuk Hopkins, Bryce McNealBryce McNeal
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– and he said that it is time for those guys and the newcomers to come in and prove that they belong.

“We knew we have some great talent coming in, and we have to stay on them,” Morris said. “We also had some guys that woke up on third base and they don’t know how they got there. Without a doubt, we are expecting these freshmen to step in and contribute. But, they have to earn it and prove themselves.”

The new offensive coordinator then said that he already has a job picked out for the older players who don’t give maximum effort.

“Here is the thing I looked at,” he said. “They had 15 days to prove themselves to me in the spring, and I told them that I was going to focus in on the freshman guys in fall camp. Some of these guys came here highly-recruited, and they haven’t cut it. But that’s okay, because there are plenty of water cups that need to filled up on the sideline. If they are gonna play, they have to prove it. They have to be pushed.

“But it’s not just the veterans. Some of these younger guys have been hailed as Heisman Trophy winners and they haven’t even taken a college snap. They will earn what they get, and they will push the veterans. For the veterans, it is time to cut bait or go fish. They are at pivotal points in their careers, and they know the way I feel about this. I love competition.”








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Morris says lack of speed surprising
B-Meist®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
clemson_this
I love a coach that doesn't coddle players.
Baltimore Tiger®
Re: I love a coach that doesn't coddle players.
Broseidon
^^^^ USUC doctoral candidate.***
clover65®
Re: I love a coach that doesn't coddle players.
armsb
Don't worry about it, coot. They'll still have a job
David78®
Are you out drunk with Garcia?***
CUTiger1989®
OUCH...less speed than his high school?!
coachmac
I don't think he meant that his high school players were
deanteb®
Not sure exactly what he meant about his HS, BUT
Tigergal85
More of an insult to coaching staff and abiliy to evaluate***
cadcock
Re: More of an insult to coaching staff and abiliy to evaluate***
sgt tiger®
Tommy Beecher, Cade Thompson, Chris Smelley ... and on & on
apextiger®
Re: OUCH...less speed than his high school?!
armsb
Wow! That was brutally honest!***
UtilTiger
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
elwyn07®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
CLE802
Well.....so far i love this guy!!!!
dyeguy13®
Morris musta' lost his coach-speak handbook.
Tigersense®
Very refreshing - honest and not dumbed down!***
SocMan2®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
DannyAmazing
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
summeyd®
Why would a Clemson fan be surprised to hear that.........
72 Fla. Tiger
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
tigerfan1382®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
knowitall
Good observation....
TigerCC
Its not like he was ever a receivers coach, go easy on Dabo***
cadcock
We'll be easy on ex-WR coach Dabo. After all, you guys
apextiger®
Coach Morris just won over a lot of Clemson fans....
TigerCC
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
CLE802
Speed Kills!!!!***
tiger chuck
Love it! Make way for the freshman
Tigerstyle
Lack of speed and stone hands was epidemic at WR last year.
SocMan2®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
sbrooks®
I read the same thing in TAC a few months ago, and..........
Kramerica
AWESOME to hear Morris Motivating & Telling It Like It Is!***
SocMan2®
Preach it, brother!
WillardTFrog®
If they were good enough for Dabo and Jeff Scott
Wosco
Whew. Almost forgot to check my meter.******
TigerCC
Re: If they were good enough for Dabo and Jeff Scott
AllOrange67
Morris would not have a very high TigerPulse. It is
Caddie
It will also help if the QB...
henslecd
Tell it like it is!!!!
Littlejohn2
What Morris will not and does not say
MackDaddy®
Talks like he should, but talk is cheap. Win games!***
FootballFan36
Oh no! some around here aren't gonna like those mean
Graphic Tiger®
I love this guy !!!
cdfrisch
Are the Scott's allowed near players still? Those two have
Chris8484
Re: Are the Scott's allowed near players still? Those two have
deroberts
Your are right. the OL and WR's have dominated since they
Chris8484
Re: Are the Scott's allowed near players still? Those two have
MSTiger02®
Re: Morris says lack of speed surprising
Streaking Tiger
I'm worried Morris is already in "These aren't my players"
joeyb®
good grief
Rock Hill Tiger
Just stating a possible concern. I still haven't forgotten
joeyb®
Then it wouldnt be an excuse. It would be a reason.
saiken79®
If it's a reason, then it should be between him and Dabo.
joeyb®
Good for Morris...vets don't get a free pass...must earn it***
Tiger_Tim
Try and count all the fat people behind him during all those
Completely Solid Orange®
Amen, Coach Morris***
nkickha
Filling water cups, hah!
mpercy®
Re: Filling water cups, hah!
bradleyb883
we made a field goal***
henry®
"I swear 90% of everyone there was fat. "
tigerjebus
This is ridiculous,we can't say d-o-u-c-h-e on here?
tigerjebus
I have not seen someone so sensitive about fatness
Completely Solid Orange®
LMAO!! Point!! Suggestion: dirt bag, sleaze bag, doosh bag***
deleted
Welcome to JesusNet.***
ClemsonPoker489®
Speed doen't matter when every pass play is a screen. Our
deleted
Nothing new here. A new coach that did not recruit any...
Tree
Morris making excuses? Our WRs are fast, but DBs are faster
Razzmatazz
Tulsa's WRs weren't faster, but their DBs were a bit slower
Razzmatazz
Re: Tulsa's WRs weren't faster, but their DBs were a bit slower
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