Chad Morris still pushing tempo, borrowing ideas, tweaking Tigers' attack

'I don't want to list who we're going to see, because I don't want that to get out. But we've already got our dates set'

Football - Chad Morris

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Football - Chad Morris

There promises to be something new under the sun for the Clemson offense again this year, though Chad Morris isn't telling what it might be.

Just like last spring and summer, when Clemson's offensive coaches visited with coaching staffs from Nevada and Oklahoma State, Morris has scheduled more visits for this off-season.

He said he's open to gleaning innovations from the high school, college and professional level.

"You're going to see something new every year," said Morris during a recent interview with Clemson's official website. "That's my job as a coordinator, to try and go out and continue to stay on the cutting edge and find out what's new.

"There are several ideas of different programs that we're going to go see and visit, and share with, whether it's high school programs, college programs or professional teams. I don't want to list who we're going to see, because I don't want that to get out. But we've already got our dates set."

A year ago, the Tiger coaches went to Nevada to study the pistol formation under system inventor Chris Ault. Morris said that Ault, who retired after last season as head coach of the Wolf Pack, will be visiting Clemson's campus shortly, in conjunction with the coaching staff's high school coaches' clinic.

"We brought back the pistol last year, which played a big part in our success in short yardage during the year," Morris said. "Very few people can say that they revolutionized football or invented something in football - usually it's stolen or borrowed from somebody else. But Chris Ault truly invented the pistol offense.

"To have him come out and spend a few days with us before our high school clinic is going to be huge again."

Morris said he's also pushing the offense to go even faster next season.

"We snapped the ball seven more times this year than we did last year, and we played one less game," Morris said. "There were six other teams in the country who snapped it more than we did, so we have to figure out how to get faster."

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