News and notes from Monday's practice


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CLEMSON – Clemson offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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met with the media following Monday’s practice and talked a little bit about the depth chart and how it might look for Auburn.

There weren’t any huge surprises – about what we expected – but it was interesting to see that redshirt freshman Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS So. Wide Receiver
#81 6-5, 200
Isle of Palms, SC

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has earned the second team tight end spot ahead of Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS So. Tight End
#86 6-4, 240
Brentwood, TN

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and Eric Mac Lain. Seckinger, out of Porter-Gaud in Charleston, came to Clemson as a wide receiver but was switched to tight end in the spring.

On the offensive line, David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS So. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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is still ahead of Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS So. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 335
Chester, SC

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at left guard, and Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#76 6-4, 275
Williamston, SC

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is ahead of Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#73 6-6, 260
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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at right tackle.

However, Morris indicated that Giff Timothy – projected to be the starter at right tackle – is progressing from surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee and isn’t being ruled out.

“We should have him back,” Morris said. “He’s worked out a little bit. He’s slowly getting back. We’re excited about getting Giff back. It’ll give us some depth right there. But, I think he’s got to be able to go by next Monday. At that point, it’ll be our evaluation, to see if he’s capable of making his footwork and where he is, from a mental standpoint - if he can’t go next Monday and Tuesday, I don’t think he’ll play.”

Timothy said that he was working in a green jersey today – no contact – but that he and trainer Danny Poole have put together a plan that has him working against the defense by this Thursday.

“It is feeling much better,” Timothy said of his knee. “I was moving around pretty good on it today. Right now, it is just running sprints and seeing if we can get the full range of motion back.”

Morris also said that incumbent backup quarterback Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
So. Quarterback
#8 6-4, 200
Dublin, OH

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

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and true freshman Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-3, 210
Buffalo, NY

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for the number two spot. However, Morris said that Kelly isn’t making the decision an easy one.

“Hopefully, we can hold Chad as long as we can,” Morris said. “He’s definitely making a strong push to find his way in.”

*I asked Morris about Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Fr. Offensive Line
#79 6-7, 265
St. George, VA

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, who is currently working at left tackle behind starter Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 300
Spartanburg, SC

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, and whether Battle will be able to contribute much this season. Morris answered that Battle is still a work in progress.

“Is he going to play? He has to,” Morris said of Battle. “He is going to get in there at left tackle, but does that mean he is going to play 10 snaps a game? Probably not. We just have to keep working on getting him better.”

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