Chad Morris still has plenty of offense left to install.
But that won’t be his main focus as the Tigers work their way through their ‘All-In’ conditioning drills and on into spring practice, which will get underway three weeks from today.
No. 1 on Morris’ agenda: becoming a tougher offensive football team, physically and mentally, with the ability to impose its will on the opposition.
"My goal coming into the spring is for us to develop a tough mentality about ourselves,” said Morris during a recent interview with www.clemsontigers.com. “I want to be able come out of spring and evaluate whether we’re tougher coming out than we were going in.
“I know as you talk to Coach (Brent) Venables, he’s going to be saying some of the same things. But my number one goal is that we’ve got get tougher, meaner and more physical.
“I think you’re going to see that. I think these guys are excited about what’s coming.”
In terms of installing the rest of his offensive package, Morris said the Tigers will begin by backing up a bit.
“I want to pick up where we left off,” Morris said. “I feel like we got about 60-65 percent of our offense in (last season), and that’s all these guys could really handle.
“I feel like that maybe as we get into another spring, we have a chance to start off at ground-zero, as if they didn’t know anything, and then bring them on. Obviously we should be able to bring ‘em on a lot quicker.”
As he looks back on the 2011 season, in which the Tigers lost four of their final six games after winning their first eight, Morris suggested that he may have tried to do too much with the offense.
“We felt that somewhere along the line, maybe around week 9, 10 or 11, that maybe we started adding a little bit too much. We started feeling a little more confident with them, and we kind of bogged them down a little bit. That, coupled with a few injuries, didn’t help matters. So we really had to back off.”