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Kalon Davis is playing multiple positions
Kalon Davis is playing multiple positions

CLEMSON – Chad MorrisChad Morris
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didn’t mince words during his Monday morning press conference at the WestZone, saying that a rash of injuries on the offensive line have left that group thin heading into this week’s matchup against Louisville.

The Cardinals bring the nation’s number one defense to town, and that includes talented defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin.

Last week, the Tigers lost right tackle Joe GoreJoe Gore
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#73 6-5, 283
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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to appendicitis that will sideline him at least two games. During Saturday’s game against North Carolina St., center Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS So. Center
#57 6-3, 314
Maryville, TN

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suffered a broken foot that might keep him out of action for a month.

As a result, starting right guard Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#77 6-3, 300
Woodstock, GA

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was also listed as the backup right tackle, backup left tackle and backup center on Monday’s depth chart.

I asked Morris how many offensive linemen he thought could play and he shrugged his shoulders.

“We know that we're going to put five out there. Outside of that, who knows,” Morris said. “We've got six or seven guys that you feel comfortable with to create some rotation with some guys. That's where we are. You don't want to pull a redshirt off a guy and him not really play an extensive amount of time. Not that they're ready yet because they're not. Obviously if you got into a situation where you had to, they're there.

“Regardless of if we would've had 10 guys or 15 guys, we're playing the number one defense in the country - very active. Not only number one in pass defense but also scoring defense. They definitely have everybody's attention. It's not just us. I don't think they've been scored on - a touchdown - in 13 or 14 quarters. These guys - this is a good football team, a really, really talented defensive football team.”

Morris was then asked if he had to change his play-calling because of the lack of depth.

“I don't know if it changes your philosophy. You do what you do,” he said. “We are thin - thinner than we've ever been. We've got guys playing multiple positions. We're very versatile, which is good in a way. What do you do? You're not going to change what you do and how you're going to approach things. We may change some of things about how we practice a little bit.

“We're all about tempo, tempo, tempo in practice and there may be some things that I have to change in a few periods of my own to help alleviate some things, because we've got some guys that are running first team with this group and second team with another group. You have to be smart with that and not burn them out and have them ready for the game.”

However, he did say it proves that working out players at multiple positions has proven beneficial.

“We went into the game last week thin and came out thinner but we're very versatile and that's good,” Morris said. “It's great seeing some guys that are capable of playing three positions to help us out. As a coach, you don't want to be in this situation. It is what it is and there's nothing you can do about it. We've got to keep playing fast and trying to create an opportunity for these guys to have success and obviously tempo is a big part of it.”

Morris said that Maverick MorrisMaverick Morris
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#69 6-4, 291
Broxton, GA

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is available but not ready to play, and then said that freshmen Taylor HearnTaylor Hearn
Fr. Offensive Line
#51 6-3, 305
Williston, SC

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and Justin FalcinelliJustin Falcinelli
Fr. Offensive Tackle
#50 6-5, 300
Middleton, MD

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might have to burn their redshirt years if the line suffers any further injures.

“Obviously, we've thought about it and they're not there yet. We'll have to do some things practice-wise that will help us out a little bit with those guys to make sure you're not burning out the main group of guys,” he said “We've got some of the younger guys that are going to be good players but they're not ready yet. We've got some guys that we were counting on that aren't ready. We don't feel like they're in a position right now to be in that rotation.

“The good thing is that we've got guys capable of playing multiple positions. Reid Webster is a guy that has since the Georgia game played three positions. Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 340
Chester, SC

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has been able to go back and forth and play a couple of positions. Tyrone CrowderTyrone Crowder
RS Fr. Offensive Guard
#55 6-2, 322
Marston, NC

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is a guy that is just a guard. He's a guy that really needs to come on. He got to play a little bit the other night and he showed some flashes. He would provide us a little bit of depth but we've got to get him right and get him ready. He's not there yet. He would have to play if we needed him.”


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BFRT_King Ranch®
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Tgrlvr1989
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tiger james
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Tgrlvr1989
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rwwjr
spacer poor recruiting at that position for years now
AllTimeClemson
spacer Or, ya know
6317forever®
spacer Re: Or, ya know
FEEL
spacer That's normal attrition at the college level
AllTimeClemson
spacer Really.....Ok let's look at that....
mapman
spacer That is really not enough. As is now the case, injuries
CDef
spacer OL is the key, but we keep putting up unreal numbers w/o OL.
CUTIGR69
spacer So if 2 more OLs signed in 2013 we'd be in better shape.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: That's normal attrition at the college level
lhaselden
spacer Re: That's normal attrition at the college level
ziggy_1118
spacer Re: That's normal attrition at the college level
jdtiger98
spacer When you lose players to career ending injury or transfer
PenthouseTiger
spacer morris needs interview practice, he sounds defeated already***
sparklecity_tiger
spacer Re: morris needs interview practice, he sounds defeated already***
deroberts
spacer Re: morris needs interview practice, he sounds defeated already***
rwwjr
spacer Re: poor recruiting at that position for years now
CUAllTheWay®
spacer Hopefully this season provides the wake up call the staff has needed
Lilnaitch
spacer Re: Hopefully this season provides the wake up call the staff has needed
BigCat
spacer We HAVE been at the right number. You have NO control
Tiger5
spacer Re: Hopefully this season provides the wake up call the staff has needed
lhaselden
spacer I dont comment based on the hopeful results of getting
AllTimeClemson
spacer ^^^misspelled 'dumping STS bullchit @ every opportunity'***
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: poor recruiting at that position for years now
footballmanager
spacer You want FACTS, in the past four recruiting cycles we've
AllTimeClemson
spacer You have your "facts" just wrong.....
mapman
spacer You're the moron, Rivals has us signing
AllTimeClemson
spacer Re: You're the moron, Rivals has us signing
lhaselden
spacer tight ends are also,in certain cases, recruited to be conv-
sgt tiger®
spacer Re: You want FACTS, in the past four recruiting cycles we've
lead tiger
spacer Re: You want FACTS, in the past four recruiting cycles we've
Dugatiger®
spacer Re: You want FACTS, in the past four recruiting cycles we've
lhaselden
spacer I thought it was an S&C problem?
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer I didn't realize that multiple reasons weren't an option.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: poor recruiting at that position for years now
lhaselden
spacer Who is this "we" that you speak of?***
phonograf®
spacer Have ya noticed the O line recruits for next year?
tigeron®
spacer Is Spencer Region a functional Lineman?...
exyankee
spacer He was an ESPNU 150 player and rated at 4 stars
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Is Spencer Region a functional Lineman?...
Dugatiger®
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tigerray3
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74TIGER
spacer 17 of our 85 scholarship players are offensive lineman
Dr. Nikola Tesla
spacer We only have 9 on scholarship who are healthy/not redshirts
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: We only have 9 on scholarship who are healthy/not redshirts
bloodrunsorange63®
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lhaselden
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ziggy_1118
spacer Re: Steady in the boat
clemvol
spacer Same problems & excuses YEAR AFTER YEAR. Take more OLs!
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Same problems & excuses YEAR AFTER YEAR. Take more OLs!
lhaselden
spacer Thanks for compiling the data. Good stuff. Backs my point.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Thanks for compiling the data. Good stuff. Backs my point.
lhaselden
spacer Re: Thanks for compiling the data. Good stuff. Backs my point.
lhaselden
spacer In other words, we're in a bind... even moving a DL to OL.***
Razzmatazz
spacer The reason you keep hearing the same excuses
epifunny
spacer So it's a perennial problem that can never be fixed.
Razzmatazz
spacer Leadmatazz, are you an idiot? Why does this have to be
Shane_Morgan
spacer I didn't read your post. Juvenile name-calling is beneath me
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: So it's a perennial problem that can never be fixed.
lhaselden
spacer DL fine but OL has been weak, teetering on the brink.
Razzmatazz
spacer Yes, listening to you droll on is apparently perennial now***
epifunny
spacer I'll take that to mean you have no answers so you evaded.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Evade? I wrote you a whole response with details of all OL
epifunny
spacer No. Read my post above. You answered none of my questions.
Razzmatazz
spacer "You're the broken record here". Exactly. BlueCaddymatazz
Shane_Morgan
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