CLEMSON – In a position battle with such high stakes – Clemson’s starting quarterback – there had to be some sides in the locker room.
Especially at a position that relies so heavily on the QB – receiver, and rising sophomore tight end Jordan Leggett provided a little insight into where he was leaning Saturday evening.
“I don’t want to (play favorites) or nothing,” the Navarre (Fla.) product said, “but me and Cole (Stoudt) have been through a lot together and he’s one of my favorite quarterbacks. We just worked together in the offseason and go to the indoor facility. Worked on our routes and our timing.
“Me and Cole’s timing is down pat. It (was) just very helpful to be on the same team as him because we were going to connect on his throws.
Leggett had a spring game-high seven catches for 59 yards – including a picture-perfect 16-yard fade pass for a score from Stoudt.
“We’ve done it like a million times in practice and every route that we have for me,” Leggett said. “We’ve been practicing to get it down. He doesn’t throw too hard. He’s throws it just perfect to get the job done. If he needs to force it he will, but normally he’s perfect at it.”
He and Stoudt’s bond formed running with the twos last season.
“Because of last year I wasn’t with the starting group, normally I was going with Cole in the second group,” Leggett said. “He really knows how to lead the offense. Just because he’s been in the footsteps of Tajh Boyd and really caught on to what’s been going on in the offense.
“When he gets out there, he knows exactly what to do and where to put people. It’s really helpful to have a quarterback like that that has experience.”
For Leggett, he hopes the exclamation mark he put on his spring is a springboard for 2014.
The 6-5 240 target was a receiver in high school, but as an early enrollee, quickly put on the pounds to be a physical force as well.
His last two catches were of 44 (against The Citadel) and 43 yards (Ohio State) and he finished the season with 12 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
“Hopefully this will give me a chance to be a starter this year,” he said. “Just getting out there and being the leading receiver for the day – hopefully this gets me the opportunity to be the starting tight end going into summer camp.
“I know the passing game for me is there. I just try to work on my blocking…I have a lot of things I can improve on. I can work on that by myself this summer. We’re about to go into discretionary period where we can’t talk to the coaches so I’m just going to work on anything I can to get better.”