CLEMSON NOTES: Barnes had heart-breaking spring; Morris not happy with young OL
CLEMSON – Clemson defensive end Tavaris Barnes had a trying spring. Barnes’ brother, Gary Tinsley, a linebacker at Minnesota, died of an enlarged heart in April and Barnes told the media today that his son, born premature, died in June.
Barnes is trying to overcome that heartbreak to compete for playing time at defensive end this training camp.
Barnes said the tragedies gave him added focus and drive this camp.
“I went from not being focused to being totally focused,” Barnes said.
Young offensive line struggling
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said he wants to see more “bite” from his young offensive linemen.
Morris said he’s seen the aggressiveness he wants from veterans like Dalton Freeman, Brandon Thomas and young tackle Shaq Anthony but did not praise projected starters Kalon Davis or Gifford Timothy.
Clemson receiver Charone Peake said his team-best time was a 4.24 second 40-yard dash when timed this summer. Martavis Bryant ran a 4.33 second 40.