With Jordan Leggett’s injury (out likely until week two) and Sam Cooper’s recovery (back from ACL injury as soon as mid-September), the Tiger tight ends have been in the spotlight. More on the position and more tidbits out of Clemson camp from the Tiger coaches and players…
Morris on tight end Stanton Seckinger’s improvement: He’s came on. He finished up camp in the last five or six days really strong. I think he’s going to bring us great versatility. He competes. He’s gained weight. He looks good. He’s physical. We’ll see. He’s definitely a guy that will give us versatility.
Darrell Smith will see extra playing time: It depends on how we are (formation-wise). Darrell is a guy that has really improved in a lot of areas. Definitely a hard-nosed guy. Very physical player, Darrell is a guy that we’re looking to for leadership starting out.
Jay Guillermo, Isaiah Battle are in the next-best category on the o-line: We’ve got several that are battling upfront. Jay Guillermo is a guy that’s kind of came on the last three practices. Kind of struggled the first of practice for some reason. Isaiah Battle’s a guy that one day looks great and the next day…it just depends. He’s a guy that is extremely athletic – we all know that. It’s the same song, different verse. It’s whether or not he makes his mind up to be that great player. We all wish that would have happened because it would’ve given us a little more versatility on the offensive line, but it didn’t happen. We expect him to be a guy that steps in and is a good backup for us.
Outside of the box thinking and Clemson’s receivers: There’s always things that we’re always looking at doing. Creating new ideas (for) all our athletes. Not just Sammy – Martavis, Charone, G-Hop or Adam – finding ways to get them the ball in unique situations. Whether it’s unique formations or unique movements. We’re always looking for that.
Georgia playbook: It’s all on the table. It’s all out there. It’s all out there. We’re not holding anything back (for Georgia).
McDowell on any doubts he can take over the No. 1 role: It doesn’t bother me at all. At the end of the day, when the pads come on and you’re in that stadium – what has my hard work paid off for? At the end of the day, I play for me. I play for Roderick. I love my fans that have supported me, but at the end of the day, I’m going to have fun with it and show what I have.
Hot Rod’s goal is set at 1,000 yards: I want to be that guy to keep that tradition going. That’s one thing that I have my target on this year to be that 1,000-yard rusher and establish my name as one of the elite running backs in Clemson history.
Bryant focusing on each day
What McDowell brings to the field: My vision, the way I make my cuts. The way I can break a defense down. What I feel like separates me from the rest of the running backs is me being me on reading the defense, me making cuts and me protecting the quarterback and catching the ball out of the backfield.
Tight end makeup at this point: Our tight ends, they work hard. Jay Jay, Leggett and the rest of the tight ends compete 24/7. Coach (Danny) Pearman will have those boys ready. Darrell Smith, I feel like them boys really – even though they’re battling injuries – they go out there and compete.
Seckinger has put some weight on. He’s out there blocking. You would never think the Seckinger here now (is from) last year. The weight he put on and the control – he looks pretty good.
Georgia week’s here, focus still on Clemson: We know it’s coming, but we know we still have to work hard in practice and coaches tell us the time about working hard and not focusing on the game. Work hard in practice and the results will come in the game.
Bryant got into the Georgia film early: I’ve been watching film on them already. It’s been about a month I’ve been watching film on them. They’re a good team. It’s going to be a good game – I can’t wait. They’re whole defense is pretty good. I’ve been watching and studying them – it’s going to be a good matchup. I’m going to be ready.
WR opportunities with Nuk Hopkins gone: It’s just motivation for me to do right. If I do what I’m supposed to do, everything will take care of itself.