CLEMSON -- Clemson offensive Chad Morris said freshman running back Mike Bellamy will receive more carries once he has a better grasp of the offense.
Bellamy did not receive his first carry until four minutes into the fourth quarter against Troy, in part because he missed his first opportunity, botching a play and missing a handoff from QB Tajh Boyd.
"That first play, I was kind of anxious," Bellamy said. "I was just excited to be in at the time and I really wasn't focused on running the ball. I was just trying to figure out what to do. So I was thinking too much at the same time."
The loquacious five-star rated back knows he is not where he needs to be in understanding the offensive concepts.
"I have to practice harder and learn the plays," he said. "Once I start doing that, then it shouldn't be a problem getting on the field. We have so many signals for different plays and for the same plays. It's hard."
Bellamy's first career carry went for 75 yards, but he was limited to three carries for 81 yards.
Once Bellamy is up to speed in the offense, he could be the No. 2 running back as no veteran player emerged as a clear backup to Andre Ellington, who received the lion's share of carries versus Troy.
Bellamy trying to add weight
Bellamy said he is eating six meals a day in an effort to add 10-15 pounds to his lithe 5-10, 185-pound frame. Bellamy is hoping to add strength to be better able to run between the tackles.
The Price is right
Clemson might have found an answer at left tackle, at least for one season.
Left tackle Phillip Price earned the coaching staff's offensive lineman of the week award for his work against Troy, which also marked his first career start. The redshirt senior -- a former walk-on and converted tight end -- performed well against Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, who led the Sun Belt with 13 1/2 sacks last season.
"He played very well," coach Dabo Swinney said. "I can't say enough good things about him … he's developed into a very solid player. He debut, going against a guy that is going to be drafted no doubt, and he did a nice job."
Hall out, Smith likely to start
Swinney expected a special brace to arrive Thursday for safety Rashard Hall (left knee). Hall is expected to sit out the Wofford game and then attempt to play against Auburn on Sept. 17. If Hall suffers from swelling or increased pain, surgery will be likely. Swinney said with surgery, Hall would be out six weeks.
Swinney said Hall's status is "hard to answer." Freshman safety Robert Smith, who intercepted a pass last week, is expected to start in place of Hall.
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