Dabo Swinney and his Clemson football team have been in Florida since December 27th, so needless to say they are more than ready to get things rolling in tomorrow night’s Orange Bowl against West Virginia. Swinney is optimistic his team has benefited from the extended stay in South Florida and will be ready to play a sharp, rust free game against the Mountaineers.
“You never really, truly know,” Swinney said. “There’s a lot to balance here. I think we’ve done as good a job as we possibly can. I think our players have done a tremendous job. We’ve had no curfew issues, we’ve had nobody missing anything, we’ve had no drama. Nothing. You know, that’s a real sign to me that they’re focused. It’s a sign to me that the leadership has done a great job. We’ve been down here for quite a while, and to have 100 something 18 to 22 year olds storm Miami all at one time for a little over a week, that’s pretty impressive.”
Swinney said the team is as healthy as it has been in a long time. DeAndre Hopkins has practiced the past three days and will play. He was late getting to Florida because of a car accident that left him with a mild concussion. Offensive lineman Phillip Price, who has been coping with a knee injury, is also ready to play tomorrow night.
Clemson and West Virginia kick off at 8:38 on ESPN tomorrow night.