Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has earned a reputation to give a high praise to an opponent, and Wake Forest week is no different.
After taking Florida State to the brink and losing its first game, the Demon Deacons come into Death Valley on Homecoming weekend with a renewed sense of confidence in the fourth year of Dave Clawson’s rebuild in Winston-Salem.
They bring experience in the quarterback position with John Wolford, and the experience of a team that has bought into Clawson’s system. Swinney believes Wake Forest provides a unique challenge, in what he calls his team’s “biggest game of the year”.
Swinney on Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s defense is one that causes concern for Swinney, and calls their depth on defense similar to what Auburn brought to the table earlier this year. He also believes Wolford at quarterback has the battle scars to be able to lead the team through what he expects to be a tough battle Saturday.
Swinney on Wake Forest defense, Wolford’s experience
For Clemson, the spotlight continues to grow brighter as teams begin to separate themselves heading to the halfway point of the college football season. Objectively, Alabama and Clemson have been treated like kindred spirits, with the Tigers having a slight edge because of their defending national championship battle and more strenuous schedule. Dabo Swinney is not irked by the constant comparisons to the Crimson Tide, but he knows it can all go away in an instant.
Swinney on handling pressure of being the “hunted”
One of the major emphasis points of this young season continues to be the position battles, especially at cornerback. Dabo Swinney continues to pound home the fact there are a variety of ways that people can contribute, including special teams. He uses the JD and Judah Davis as examples.
Swinney on contributing outside of being a starter on offense or defense
Lastly, Swinney provided the media with how he handled the events of this past weekend in Las Vegas with his team, and how he wants to remained focus on his main mission of building better men as well as football players.
Swinney on handling life issues
On the injury front, Marcus Edmond won’t be back until at least next week or the open week recovering from his mid-foot sprain. Justin Foster will be re-evaluated today with his ankle injury.
Clemson and Wake Forest kick off at noon on ESPN2.