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.
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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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
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, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
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and Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
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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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Subject (Replies: 106) Author
spacer Scott says young receivers have a lot to prove but will get their chance
B-Meist®
spacer He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
IRONCAT68
spacer I agree. And get a RB coach to coach RB's***
WillardTFrog®
spacer Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Judge Keller
spacer Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer I'm not using Coach Morris's statement. I'm using what I saw
Judge Keller
spacer Yup
elementsOfWay
spacer Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Dugatiger®
spacer Geez, those are estmations though
shankw
spacer Yep. That's why above I noted that caveat.
Razzmatazz
spacer I don't think its that useful in the way you're using it
shankw
spacer I swear you make the best anti-Dabo arguments***
Wosco
spacer Re: Regardless of star ratings, our WRs last year were slow.
Louis_Cypher
spacer Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
Melclem
spacer This gets old
elementsOfWay
spacer If so, then there is no need to be particularly excited
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Here's statistical proof that stars mean a LOT...
Razzmatazz
spacer A must read for anybody who thinks stars don't matter.
Smiling Tiger®
spacer See below.***
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spacer They mean less for an individual to succeed, but as a whole
deleted
spacer Simple math...
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spacer I assumed that was a given***
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spacer Of course it is. Did someone say differently?***
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spacer 4?
elementsOfWay
spacer I thought the only reason Craig redshirted was size?***
Yzracer48
spacer Re: I thought the only reason Craig redshirted was size?***
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer No. He deferred to enroll in a bathroom weapons program. :-)***
Razzmatazz
spacer Yes and no
elementsOfWay
spacer Hopkins, McNeal, Jones, & Ford all 4-star WRs. See below.***
Razzmatazz
spacer See below.***
deleted
spacer Your post below doesn't deny that there were FOUR 4-star WRs
Razzmatazz
spacer I'm sorry, but you lost me...
deleted
spacer Please read the sub-thread posts IN CONTEXT before replying.
Razzmatazz
spacer Huh?
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spacer Re: Huh?
Razzmatazz
spacer LOL. Do you really expect me to read all that nonsense?
deleted
spacer I think that sums up your way of looking at others' opinions
Razzmatazz
spacer What are you talking about? I said your opinion was fine,
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spacer Fine? "No basis", "silly", "ignorant", etc. That's fine?
Razzmatazz
spacer It isn't going anywhere because you can't admit the error of
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spacer Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
tonybenson62003
spacer Re: He had 4 4-star WRs in '10. I'd bet Morris put him on notice
David78®
spacer Read my following reply & tell me exactly how I'm "unfair".
Razzmatazz
spacer That's not "hard data"...
deleted
spacer You missed my point. Was I being "unfair"?
Razzmatazz
spacer No, I didn't miss your point at all. Correct me if I'm wrong
deleted
spacer Yes you missed the point. Yes you're wrong.
Razzmatazz
spacer No, I'm not wrong. Not in anything I said.
deleted
spacer You said that I said rankings are "precise". That's WRONG!
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: You said that I said rankings are "precise". That's WRONG!
Razzmatazz
spacer I don't undertsand the concept of sub-threads??
deleted
spacer Is that your way of avoiding answering my reply?
Razzmatazz
spacer Again, what are you talking about???
deleted
spacer So are you admitting you were wrong, or no?
deleted
spacer So you're refusing to address my points, right?
Razzmatazz
spacer I addressed everything worth addressing. Please try
deleted
spacer And you refuse to admit that you misstated what I wrote?***
Razzmatazz
spacer LOL.
deleted
spacer I don't know how else to explain it to you.
Razzmatazz
spacer Wrong again.
deleted
spacer You're ignoring the statistical evidence & missing the point
Razzmatazz
spacer No, you're missing the point...
deleted
spacer NEWSFLASH!...
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spacer Wrong! Here's statistical proof that stars mean a LOT...
Razzmatazz
spacer Nope. A) No one said the stars don't matter, B) That's not
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spacer People who say stars don't matter and think recruiting
Smiling Tiger®
spacer I'm not saying that. Not at all.
deleted
spacer Sorry. Your "mostly a guess" comment threw me off course.
Razzmatazz
spacer Disagree...
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spacer Disagree with your disagreement. :-)
Razzmatazz
spacer Wrong...
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spacer Did you read that on Warchant?***
CM Shack
spacer No. Yahoo Sports.***
Razzmatazz
spacer One was Bryant who didn't qualify till this year, so you
CU''90
spacer You can't blame Scott for Bryant he never qualified (till
CU''90
spacer Not Bryant. Hopkins, McNeal, Jones, & Ford all 4-star WRs.
Razzmatazz
spacer Hopkins seems to be a hit.
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spacer I agree that we are bad at evaluating recruits.
Wosco
spacer Re: I agree that we are bad at evaluating recruits.
deroberts
spacer Excellent!
Wosco
spacer Statistically, too many Clemson WRs are underperforming.
Razzmatazz
spacer Can you show me your breakdown of our receivers and what
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spacer Re: Can you show me your breakdown of our receivers and what
Razzmatazz
spacer So in other words...
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spacer Re: So in other words... Those are definitely OTHER words!
Razzmatazz
spacer Bottom line, you have no basis for your opinion
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spacer Re: So in other words... Those are definitely OTHER words!
Sludgemuffin
spacer No, he doesn't.***
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spacer Stanley is slow. Very little chance he will get it.***
Chris8484
spacer Only StanleyTiger's opinions are right and have basis!
Razzmatazz
spacer Stantard thinks it is better to have 2 star recruits. Math
Chris8484
spacer Get some help man.
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spacer Are you crying?
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spacer Are your comprehending?
Razzmatazz
spacer Stan. Read it slower if you can't get it. You are not sharp
Chris8484
spacer You poor thing...
deleted
spacer Again, yes, I am fully comprehending, are you?
deleted
spacer I comprehend your OPINION. I don't twist it, then insult you
Razzmatazz
spacer I never seen someone type so much to say so little.
deleted
spacer Stantard is no Clemson man.***
Chris8484
spacer Look man, the demented charade only makes you look bad.
deleted
spacer In other words, you can't take up either of my challenges.
Razzmatazz
spacer LOL. Again with the wild excess...
deleted
spacer LOL. I knew you'd avoid answering my 2 points above, AGAIN.
Razzmatazz
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