Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Clemson's Bellamy lacking patience with role

Clemson freshman tailback Mike Bellamy clearly seems frustrated with the limited role he's had so far this season. A touted recruit, Bellamy has carried the ball 32 times in the Tigers' first seven games.

He seemed detached following Saturday's comeback victory at Maryland, so much so that coach Dabo Swinney was asked repeatedly at Tuesday's press conference about Bellamy's demeanor.

"There's a lot of structure here, accountability here, discipline here. No getting around that. And that's a lot of responsibility to take on when your maturity isn't there yet,'' Swinney said of Bellamy, who was held out of the first half of the Boston College game for disciplinary reasons.

"There's nothing wrong with wanting to play more. I want guys who want to play more. But you've got to earn it.''

Bellamy's roommate, star wide receiver Sammy Watkins, said he often advises Bellamy to have more patience, playing behind Andre Ellington.

"He's just got to get used to his role,'' Watkins said. "I talk to Mike every night. I say, 'You'll have all next year...There's a time and place for everything.' ''

-- Rick Bonnell


Alex P. said...

Clemson fans are equally frustrated and lacking patience with Bellamy's inexplicable inability to hold onto the football.

Host PPH said...

well now that you said it, I was frustrated and disappointed with the limited role he had for that season as well