The Clemson Tigers took the field for the first time Wednesday since their victory over Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship for their start of preparations for their Cotton Bowl matchup against Notre Dame.
The Tigers practiced for roughly 90 minutes as they continue to have their players running through final exams, and the Clemson coaches continue to scurry to see recruits as we get closer to the recruiting dead period which precedes National Signing Day.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney said it was good to get the team back out on the field:
Swinney on First Bowl Practice
Swinney has had more dead time on his hands, after flying out to California to check in on a couple of Clemson’s 2019 and 2020 recruiting targets on the West Coast. The Head Coach says it has given him plenty of time to watch film on the Fighting Irish:
Swinney on Notre Dame
Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly was asked at one of his first bowl media sessions about what Clemson is doing differently to stay consistently as a College Football Playoff contender. We asked Swinney for his take on that query:
Swinney on “What is Clemson Doing Different Than Others?”
One part of this season that makes the fans restless is the fact that the players will be away from family as they travel to the bowl site for practice in Arlington.
Clemson will depart on December 23rd and be in the Dallas Metroplex for a full week to ensure that they have as normal of a week with a Saturday game against Notre Dame.
Swinney told the media for the first time in as long as he can remember, he won’t make it to his home state of Alabama for the holiday season.
He was asked if that particular aspect of the College Football Playoff makes this time of year bittersweet:
Swinney on time lost from family
Clemson will practice again in just helmets on Thursday before putting on full pads for the first time on Friday. The Tigers will practice through Wednesday, December 20th before a break for the Christmas holiday, and then reconvene on the 23rd to travel to Dallas.