Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, after reviewing the film from Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, concluded that his Tigers played their best game of the season with their decisive win over the Yellow Jackets.
Swinney acknowledged that their explosiveness this year has been the biggest change to their team, an area where he conceded they were weak at last year.
Running back Travis Etienne received particular praise from Swinney, who called the sophomore a “servant leader”, and a great example for freshman running back Lyn-J Dixon.
One subject that the Head Coach did not acknowledge or address was the quarterback situation, where freshman Trevor Lawrence got the better run of play compared to senior Kelly Bryant.
An encouraging sign for Clemson on defense should be the probable return of LB Kendall Joseph, who missed the Georgia Tech game with a groin injury. Swinney said they will know more about his status on Monday, but they are hopeful he’ll be able to play this Saturday against Syracuse.
The Tigers will look to avenge their lone regular season loss from 2017 when facing the Orange, who Swinney believes they are more adept at being able to handle, especially on defense.
To hear Swinney’s Sunday Teleconference, click below: