Morris says Chad Kelly 'absolutely' could be Tigers' No. 2 QB this fall

First-year freshman in the thick of the battle with Cole Stoudt, Morgan Roberts

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly gets ready to throw near left tackle Isiah Battle during practice August 9.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly gets ready to throw near left tackle Isiah Battle during practice August 9.

Chad Morris said there is great competition for the team’s backup quarterback role and the Clemson offensive coordinator said don’t rule out true freshman Chad Kelly, who had his best practice on the seventh day of Clemson’s training camp Friday.

Kelly, a dual-threat quarterback with NFL Hall of Fame bloodlines – his uncle is Jim Kelly – has been making up for his lack of knowledge of the offense with impressive physical tools.

Morris said Kelly could “absolutely” be the team’s No. 2 quarterback. He’s competing with Cole Stoudt and Morgan Roberts for the job.

“He’s overloaded with knowledge but making some plays,” Morris said. “He has an unrelenting drive and desire to be the best. He’s making that whole quarterback room better because of his work ethic and drive.”

Morris said the plan is to redshirt Kelly but he did not rule out using the Buffalo, N.Y. product in special packages this fall to take advantage of his athletic gifts.

“He’s got great football (skills), great speed,” Morris said.

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justcurious writes:

if he could be number 2 why is it being considered to red shirt him, some one help, I do not get it. having a brain Fa----

DMD writes:

Play Boyd, not get Kelly killed and mauled, let him get bigger and stronger for a year. Then you have 3 good years with him. As an older more mature quarterback.

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