Defending National Finalist Clemson returned to the practice fields on Tuesday afternoon. Dabo Swinney’s Tigers worked for two-and-a-half hours on the practice fields behind the Clemson Indoor Facility. It was the first practice of the preseason for the Tigers, who finished the 2015 season with a 14-1 record and No. 2 national ranking.
Clemson worked in shorts and helmets in what turned out to be a hot and humid day after an early afternoon rain in the Clemson area. A media contingent of over 40 people watched the first half of the practice from ground level, then from the upper level of the indoor practice facility.
Certainly one of the highlights of the first practice was seeing wide receiver Mike Williams back on the field. Williams did go through spring practice, but did not scrimmage. He was full go on Tuesday and made some outstanding catches during the drills on throws from quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Notes: Only two players missed practice due to injury…returning lettermen defensive back Adrian Baker is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the spring, and freshman defensive back Brian Dawkins, Jr. will probably red-shirt as he recovers from off-season knee surgery…Watson and Artavis Scott were the last two players off the field on Tuesday as they put in extra work in terms of footwork and route running….Clemson will practice in helmets and shorts for the second consecutive day on Wednesday afternoon.
LB Kendall Joseph
DL Albert Huggins
RB Wayne Gallman
WR Mike Williams
DL Christian Wilkins
QB Deshaun Watson