Morris: Tiger OC likes early evaluation period

Coordinator corner: Chad Morris breaks down what's ahead for the Tiger 'O'

Quarterback Chad Kelly prepares to throw a pass in the third quarter

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Quarterback Chad Kelly prepares to throw a pass in the third quarter

Saturday was another ho-hum game of 500-plus total yards for Chad Morris' offense (11th in his Clemson tenure), and he's a fan of the early evaluation period he gets with a week and a half to prepare for the Tigers' the next matchup versus N.C. State on Sept. 19.

He talks that setup and redshirt freshman quarterback Chad Kelly's quick return from an ACL tear just 21 weeks ago in the Orange-White spring game.

Stoudt plays with poise and confidence


How the schedule shapes up: Personally, fall camp lasted forever. We worked them hard in fall camp. I love the way our schedule sets up – I really do. I think it’s beneficial for everybody. Our guys have an opportunity to catch their breath and recharge their battery – the same for coaches too. Let’s get 3-4 really good days of practice this week and get it going for the next Thursday night. I love our schedule. It give us an opportunity to reevaluate what we’re good at and what we’re not good at and hit them head on. So that’s what we’ll do as an offensive staff. Who’s been playing well and who hasn’t? Let’s reevaluate and go forward. I’m excited about the opportunity to get these guys back here Monday and go through the film and Tuesday start practice. The one thing you will have is a group extremely attentive to detail because everybody got to play. They’ll get to see themselves on video.

Initial thoughts when Chad Kelly came limping off the field: When he came off the field and looked at him, I hoped like everyone else in the stadium that surely it wasn’t the same leg. It was his calf and not his knee and actually it was his knee brace going into his calf. I was relieved. What an inspiration for everybody – and the crowd with the big cheer when he went out there – that was huge. This is a guy who’s worked extremely hard – both him and Sam Cooper. To see those guys coming back and contributing – there’s a few passes he’d like back – but I’m proud of him. He’s going to be a really good player for us.

Is Kelly really in condition to come back for a full season?: He knows his own body and the doctors – that’s their jobs and he’s cleared to play. He’s worked extremely hard for it. If he wasn’t ready, he’d tell you he wasn’t ready. He’s worked really hard for that. I’m glad he was able to get in and get some reps. That was good for him and all the hard work he’s put in.

He was in (the locker room) jumping around and dancing and everything. Unless something strange comes up and he hurts himself from interviews to walking to the locker room, I expect him (to be ready).

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