CJ Gaddis has often been referred to as the best athlete on Clemson’s campus. Gaddis has seen action on the football field and on the baseball diamond as a Clemson Tiger. In 2005, Gaddis will be playing his third position in two seasons. It appears the redshirt sophomore has found a home as a cat safety.
“It is a home. I am comfortable there. The people around me are comfortable with me there. From my standpoint, I am comfortable there thats the biggest thing. I enjoy playing there,” said Gaddis.
Gaddis has had to absorb a ton of information in two seasons, switching from quarterback to corner, and now the move to cat. Gaddis is going into the 2005 season looking to become the complete player.
“I have to work on everything. I am not complete at anything just yet. I am hoping to get better in every aspect of the game.”
First year defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is the new secondary coach as well this season. Gaddis says John Lovett is gone, but the demeanor has not changed..
“They are not really that different. They are very demanding. The schemes are sort of different, thats the difference. They are good coaches and very demanding. They demand the best out of you.”
Currently redshirt freshman Michael Hamlin is the backup at both safety positions, and Gaddis had some high remarks Tuesday evening for Hamlin.
“He looks good. He is picking up everything. We are trying to get him to be a little more aggressive. He is learning and is picking up fast. He is only a redshirt freshman. We are very impressed with him right now. I see a lot of progress he is making.”
Gaddis has a good combination of power and speed that will likely be utilized on kick and punt returns this season.
“Right now, I am getting ahead. I am still competing with Stuckey and Coleman everyday. It is a fun competition.”
Tuesday evening Gaddis shared his thoughts on where the defense needs to improve before the first game.
“Just speed and going after the ball. We are trying to become more of a unit, play together. We need to eliminate missed assignments, do everything right, and come together as one.”