CLEMSON -- While introducing his new offensive staff members Thursday, Dabo Swinney explained he often takes the road less traveled. Seated to the Clemson coach's left was new running backs coach Tony Elliott, who has never coached running backs, and a new offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, who has one year of college coaching experience. In overhauling the offense, Swinney has elected to take risk in hope of reward. Questions were Morris-centric in the West Zone. New defensive line coach Marion Hobby did not field a question until the 43rd minute of the news conference. Morris seemed to end any question of his commitment to Clemson with his presence while saying he was never offered the Tulsa head coaching job. Morris's offense is also a curiosity. He announced a goal to run 80 plays per game at Clemson with his no-huddle, up-tempo attack - roughly a 20 percent increase from Clemson's snap count last season. Swinney declined to comment on when he decided the offense needed staff changes. He said he did most of the search himself and promised Morris autonomy. "I knew people would say 'He's only been in college one year,' and this and that, but all I can tell you is he's a winner. He knows football," Swinney said. "This is a big hire; it's what I was looking to do offensively." Swinney was drawn to Morris for a number of reasons. The Golden Hurricane was not only ranked fifth in total offense this season, but were balanced: the only FBS team to finish in the top 15 of rushing and passing. Morris learned the offense from Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn nearly a decade ago when both were prep coaches. Swinney witnessed the Malzahn attack first-hand at Auburn this year. "People have a misconception with the word spread; it's really not an accurate term," Swinney said. "When I first came to Clemson, we were running the spread - four wides every snap, throw it every snap. That's not Clemson. That's not who we are. One of the reasons I've hired Chad is his background being able to run the football and throw the football effectively." Swinney said there will be some carry over from a formation and play standpoint, but it will be done more quickly and efficiently under Morris. Morris, a mathematics major at Texas A&M, said he'll employ a mobile quarterback, and his most common personnel group at Tulsa was a one-back, three-wide package with a tight end. "There are a lot of teams in the country that spread the field from sideline to sideline," Morris said, "but there are very few teams that try to put stress on a defense going vertical. Not only are we going to stretch it from sideline to sideline, we are going to stretch it from end zone to end zone. We are going to be a physical football team. ... We are going to go extremely fast. We are going to control the tempo." Morris said Thursday afternoon he had not yet signed the four-year, $450,000 per year contract he agreed to earlier this week but indicated he was staying put at Clemson, though he also acknowledged he had spoken with Tulsa on Tuesday. Swinney and Morris agree on being simple but appearing to be complex. "We may only run three offensive run plays in spring ball, and if that's all we get in that's OK," Morris said. "We are going to get really good at something. When it's third-and-three, we are really good at this. You don't trick people. You get really good at your style of football." Working under Morris will be Elliott, a former Clemson receiver. An engineering major at Clemson, Elliott initially worked at Michelin after graduating but came to Swinney looking for a coaching position after being unfulfilled in his engineering work. Elliott started at South Carolina State before working at Furman. "He's just a winner," Swinney said. "He walked away from a very secure future (at Michelin) and said I'm going to make it happen. Just like when he came to Clemson with nothing. People say he hasn't coached running backs; listen, Tony has played quarterback, running back. He's done it all." Hobby returns to Clemson where he had coached in 2005. He was Duke's defensive coordinator last season and had also coached with the New Orleans Saints. Swinney also announced Danny Pearman would take over as special teams coordinator.