If the lovely day-turned-night in Sunset, S.C. Tuesday at Dabo Swinney’s media golf outing is any indication, Swinney and Chad Morris have a message for the doubters.
In 2011, Clemson had a new quarterback, new offensive coordinator and completely new system.
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“To see get all of the accolades he won and us winning the ACC that year – there were no expectations on that to happen,” Morris said. “Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Martavis (Bryant) on down to Nuk Hopkins and you can keep going…They left their legacy here and they did a great job of it. Everybody kinda looks at it and everybody is panicking and are we going to get a first down and I see it totally opposite.
“I’ve got a breath of fresh air. I love my old group, but my old group is gone. I’m excited about what they can do. What kind of legacy is Cole Stoudt going to leave? Then the guys around him.”
As a redshirt sophomore without a start under his belt, Tajh Boyd, came in and led the Tigers all the way to Charlotte and an ACC title. The task is a little more daunting for Stoudt with the ACC title road running through Tallahassee instead of hosting the Seminoles, but the ’14 offense, on the whole, is being quite undervalued.
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“He’s been under Tajh – it’s his turn,” Morris said. “We’re playing the same system it’s not like we’re playing something new. I’m fired up every day, but I’m really excited this year. One, people are giving us credit. I love being the underdog in that regard. It almost ticks me off. Extra motivation for us.
“They’re not giving this group any credit because there’s some young guys and I love it. And I’m going to remind them of it every stinkin’ day.”