News and notes from Tuesday's practice

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CLEMSON – Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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said Tuesday that more coaches were in on Tuesday to visit, and he said that he thinks the HUNH offense is beginning to gain more and more traction around football.

Morris said that Ohio St.’s quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach were in to see how Morris runs the no huddle, and it’s already been documented that Clemson has met with the coaches from Arizona State and the Atlanta Falcons as the Falcons wanted to learn about the progression of the Pistol formation.

He said that he hopes he can spend some time with Texas A&M’s coaches before the fall, and said it is all a part of finding one or two things each year that make you better.

“That is something we take great pride in,” Morris said. “They are trying to grab one or two things they can take back to make them better. It’s the same thing with us – you try and grab one or two different wrinkles to make you better and keep you ahead of the curve. You are always looking to see how you can stay ahead of the game, and that is something we are taking a lot of pride in. If you aren’t growing, then you are obviously going backwards.”

*Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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missed practice Tuesday – the details were vague but Morris said Boyd was accepting an award somewhere – and that allowed backup quarterbacks Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
So. Quarterback
#8 6-5, 205
Dublin, OH

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and Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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to split the first team snaps.

“They both had a good day today,” Morris said. “You can really see Cole’s maturity level. It is not a lock by no means, but he is pushing and is having a much better spring than he did last year. I think they each have their own unique qualities. Chad is a little faster and Cole is more confident in what he is doing.”

Morris said the battle will be neck and neck throughout the spring and into fall camp. He said there was no timetable for making a decision.

*Morris talked about the tight ends, and said that freshman Jordan Leggett has been a surprise.

“The one that is surprising everybody is Jordan Leggett. He has gained 15 since he has been here, and he is going to be a great player for us. He has great speed for a guy that is 6-6. He is learning, and it has all been thrown at him at once, but he is coming along.”

*Morris said that the wide receivers and tight ends have a long way to go before they are ready for games.

“We have entirely too many drops right. We have to clear that up,” he said.

However, he said that Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
So. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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has had a good spring.

"You hate to brag on him. Because, just as soon as you brag on him, something will go wrong. But he's doing really well. And he's had a really good semester, from an academic standpoint to everything," Morris said.

*Morris said that running back Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Fr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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has had a “decent spring” and said his ability to catch the football out of the backfield enhances his value.

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