Morris says 'butt-kicking' best thing that could have happened for Tigers' offense

Tajh Boyd sits out practice, likely to do the same in Orange-White game on Saturday

Football - Tajh Boyd & Chad Morris

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Football - Tajh Boyd & Chad Morris

How confident are the Tigers' coaches in Tajh Boyd?

Boyd, the reigning ACC player of the year, again sat out most of Clemson's Wednesday practice, while Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly competed head-to-head in what amounted to a prelude to 2014's spring practice.

"We've had two scrimmage situations in which Tajh didn't play, and that's great," said Morris. "We have a chance to see their (Stoudt and Kelly's) leadership. They're both competing, and we've got two really good ones. They both bring something unique to the table."

Morris seems willing to let the competition play out, through the summer and on into preseason camp in August.

"It's been back and forth," he said. "Cole will take a big lead, and then Chad will catch up. They're battling head to head, and it means something to both of them. I'm excited about both those guys."

Boyd to see limited snaps in spring game


Morris said that Monday's scrimmage - which Dabo Swinney described as a 'butt-kicking' delivered by the Tigers' defense - was the "best thing that could have happened" for Clemson's offense.

"Some good came out of it," Morris said. "I saw some guys who thought they've arrived that got their heads handed to them. That's what I saw, and it was the best thing I saw.

"They think they've done something, and they've done nothing. They ain't won a game. Their intensity level today was totally different. We weren't very nice to them - none of us were - and they responded. That's what you want to see as a coach. While there was a better intensity level today, they still have a long way to go."

During the controlled scrimmage portion of the practice, Morris said the Tigers worked on "game-on-the-line, got to pick up a first down, and run the clock out."

Don't be surprised if Boyd plays little, if at all, on Saturday.

"We know what Tajh can do," Morris said. "We're not going to remember whether or not he won the spring game. If he gets in, I'm sure it will be limited."

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