Chad Morris looking for more out of his offense
|Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 9:21 PM- -|
CLEMSON- After day four of Clemson’s fall camp, offensive coordinator Chad Morris is looking for more “bite” from his offense.
The Tigers wrapped up the second day in shells on Tuesday – the team will practice in full pads for the first time on Wednesday – and Morris said he is looking for more out of his offensive group.
“What are we in, four days of practice? The first couple of days you gauge how hard they worked this summer, you kind of get an idea of their discipline, their conditioning, the whole bit,” Morris said Tuesday. “That was good. I thought for the first two days we were where we should be and where we would be as far their tempo, our conditioning. I was pleased with that. Obviously, the next two days, you put the shoulder pads on and you get to start seeing those guys that like to bite and those that don't.
“Some of them were biting real hard in shorts and shirts and they're not biting right now when the pads came on. We have to figure that out. Those are things that we have to get better at and work toward. If a guy is not going to bite when the pads come on, then it's hard to coach that. Full pads come on tomorrow, so we'll be able to take them to the ground, full speed tackling, and everything. Right now we've pretty much been in a thud tempo. We saw a lot of good things, but we are still a long ways from being a football team that we feel like we are ready to put on the field.”
Morris said the ones that continued to bite weren’t a surprise, while some were.
“Guys you would expect, like
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He said he needs for the younger linemen to step up their game.
“Those guys have to. We expect those guys to grow up,” he said. “Some of those guys were All-Americans in shorts and shirts and some of them you have to look and see if they are even out there right now.
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Morris said that Anthony is working mostly at left tackle.
“He is working a lot at left tackle. He's a guy that is pretty athletic and can move around,” he said. “You don't want to over load him right now. “
“He's a lot more comfortable than he's ever been and I mean comfortable in a good way. When I coach him, he has to be uncomfortable and I have to make him uncomfortable, but he is comfortable in his environment, his settings, and his reads. He’s still what you would expect right now. He’s still making some mistakes that we have to improve on, but he's definitely the leader of this football team and showing that. I’ve seen a lot of good things out of Tajh that we expect of him and that we saw for flashes last year. “
On backup QB battle
“We're trying. We better find somebody. My eligibility is out. I think that
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On Ryan Norton
“Ryan would be a guy that you would like to give us some versatility at right guard and backup center. He's just trying to get the base of the offense down right now. You would like for him to cross train. We’ve got him working some at center.”
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