Many seasons ago, in a football universe far, far away, then Georgia coach Vince Dooley, preparing for a game against a lowly Virginia squad, told the media Virginia had the best punter he had ever seen. That was his attempt at giving his fan base something to be concerned about. Similarly Tuesday at his press conference previewing Georgia Southern, Dabo Swinney expressed his worries about the Eagles, a 34 point underdog for Saturday’s game at Death Valley.
Some of Swinney’s key comments Tuesday:
- Georgia Southern’s quarterback Shai Werts of Newberry is a guy they offered as an athlete. Impressed with the way the Eagles run their option offense.
- Offensive guard John Simpson did not play well at Texas A&M, thought Cade Stewart played well except for one pass play.
- Clemson has had 6 plays of 40 or more yards in two games, said that leads the nation, loves the explosive element of the offense thus far. Said Georgia Southern defense has allowed only 1 explosive play this season.
- Hyatt and Anchrum have played well thus far on the offensive line.
- They have not been as consistent as they need to be at quarterback but Bryant showed great leadership late in the game at Texas A&M.
- Said they could have scheduled “Mary Poppins” last week but went to College Station and played a team that had more 4 and 5 stars “than us.” So, that was a good game for them to learn from and improve from. Highly impressed with Kellen Monds.
- Effort of team last week was phenomenal, the will to win, he said, was incredible. He said they played winning football but not championship football in that game.
- Wallace made a couple of mental mistakes and Muse sometimes loses his discipline by staring into backfield. Said Nolan Turner has come on at safety and feels good about him.
- Said Feaster has got to touch the ball more, had three big plays in the passing game.
Dabo Swinney opening comments on Georgia Southern game
Swinney on the Georgia Southern defense
Swinney’s final reflections on win at Texas A&M
Swinney talks offensive line including guard John Simpson & quarterbacks
Swinney on the play of the secondary