Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has had plenty of positive things to say about his Tigers through fall camp, but is also making it known there is room for improvement. During a media session following Monday‘s practice, Swinney said Clemson, “is nowhere near game ready. Effort was fine but way too many mistakes. Sloppy football … We need to get better and grow our team this week.”
In review of Saturday‘s scrimmage, Swinney indicated his defensive linemen are talented, but lacking in consistency, “Ok, this guy‘s pass rushing good, but not playing well on first down. We need complete players. We‘re not a complete package there, yet. I like the guys, but we‘ve got to get better.”
One area that leaves little room for critique is the play of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Swinney let it be known this offseason he would like to see Lawrence extend plays with his legs and create more explosive plays downfield. So far, so good. “He‘s fast, man. He‘s bigger, faster, stronger. He‘s dangerous when he scrambles, and we‘ve worked hard on that.”
The Tigers plan on working on situations during Tuesday‘s early practice before an evening jog-through. Installation will continue on Wednesday before the Tigers hold another scrimmage Thursday.
Next week, Clemson will begin preparations for their season opener against Georgia Tech on August 29th.