Chad Morris eager to 'motivate' youngest Tigers

On Clemson's 9 redshirting freshmen: 'Some of them feel like they've arrived, even though they haven't even gotten in the car yet'

Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper catches a ball during practice August 9.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper catches a ball during practice August 9.

Of the many 'to-do' items on Clemson's agenda for bowl practice, one of particular significance is the integration of redshirting freshmen into the whole squad.

With extra time to prepare, Clemson's youngest players have had a chance to shed their scout team duties and begin dialing-in as they get ready to contribute next season in on-field roles.

"We've let them go play, letting them compete," said Dabo Swinney earlier this week. "It's been quality work. They're hearing our voices in a different way, getting back to thinking about Clemson as opposed to whoever the team of the week is.

"We've got some good young talent on this team."

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said he's looking forward to pushing the redshirt freshman during the spring.

"I can't wait to motivate them a little bit," said Morris. "Some of them feel like they've arrived, even though they haven't even gotten in the car yet."

Clemson redshirted nine members of its 2012 freshman class, including offensive linemen Oliver Jones, Patrick Destefano and Jay Guillermo, defensive end Martin Aiken, defensive back Ronald Geohaghan, linebacker T.J. Burrell, tight end Jay Jay McCullough, wide receiver Germone Hopper, and quarterback Chad Kelly.

"I've seen some positives, and I've seen some guys with a long way to go - in spring ball and on after that," said Morris. "You can tell they've been on scout team, reading cards and executing off cards.

"I'm not going to name any individuals at this point. From the quarterback all the way down, they've got a lot of work to do. But we've been able to get a lot of good work in."

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