“We’ve got some guys that, just like any other time, are coming to the forefront, physical guys that like to play. And we’ve had some guys that are pretenders. Not very tough, we’ve got to figure out a way over the next couple weeks to develop some mental and physical toughness.” Sumlin said last week.
After practice yesterday, he noted marked improvement in the attitude and held a meeting to talk about the direction that they're heading. Sumlin's message was simple, they may not be ready to take the field just yet, but their tempo and attitude have made significant progress in a handful of practices.
“By no means are we ready to play a game but our attitude was better, our tempo was better and I think our want-to was better.”
"Sometimes you have to yank 'em through the knot hole"
Chad Morris and the offensive staff down at Clemson have focused on improving in short yardage situations this spring, and Morris told reporters yesterday that he is has seen continued improvement so far.
The staff has specifically focused on changing the mentality in short yardage situations, putting the team in situations in scrimmages and practice where they have to fight for every inch. Morris believes that they are continuing to step in the right direction, but as he put it, "sometimes you have to yank 'em through the knot hole".
Morris has seen some improvement, and says that they have taken steps in the right direction, but he believes that they have a long way to go before they're ready to match up in short yardage situations with the best in the country.