Offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is similar to Dabo Swinney in his honesty about whether young players aren't ready or how they currently stand.
Elliott was straightforward when asked about freshman running back Will Shipley's work ethic by media at Clemson's indoor practice facility.
"Even though he may not know exactly what he's doing, he's still going to go to the front of the line," Elliott said.
"He has a confidence about himself. A confidence in his ability, but it's not an arrogance. And that confidence is that he will put in the work and he has the ability to learn. He's going to give everything that he has every single play, and not just here but in everything that he does. He's an exceptional young man."
Clemson Starting WR to Miss Pitt Game
All Clemson has confirmed that starting receiver Joseph Ngata will miss the Pitt game after testing positive for COVID.
Preview and Prediction: Clemson at Pittsburgh
Clemson will face Pitt on the road for the first time in series history on Saturday, Oct. 23 when the Tigers and Panthers meet in a cross-division showdown.
Clemson Tigers' Midseason Superlatives
Clemson football has reached the halfway point of the season, so it's time to highlight big-time players and big plays from the 2021 season thus far.
The Tigers are recently getting adjusted to full pads, and Shipley's playtime or standing is unknown. Still, he's only trended upwards in the coaching staff's good graces since arriving in January.
Swinney mentioned early in camp Shipley is "Not like a typical freshman," and competing with the top tailbacks was a by-product of off-the-field work ethic.
Elliott agreed that Shipley carries himself a little differently.
"You go look at his academic record in high school. ... (he's) been a 4.0 student since he got here (to Clemson)," Elliott said. "He's fully bought into the PAW Journey as a freshman. ... most freshman, they don't quite understand what that concept is all about until later in their career when they have the chance to be exposed to it, but he's dived in head-first. He wants to be a leader, he wants to be great, and that resonates in everything that he does."
Want to join in on the discussion? 100% FREE! Interact with fellow Tiger fans and hear directly from publisher Zach Lentz, deputy editor Brad Senkiw, recruiting analyst Jason Priester and staff writer Owen Watterson on any subject. Click here to become a member of the ALL CLEMSON message board community today!