Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney shared some good news and some bad news with the media following his team’s final scrimmage before the season opener against Georgia Tech. The good news: Clemson’s first team offense and the first team defense dominated the reserves. The bad news: Clemson’s reserves were dominated by the starters.
Coach Swinney likes to see the second team humbled at times, “It really exposes some of our backups. It lets them know where they are and where they’ve got to get to … when we put a guy in, they don’t call timeout and take Travis Etienne out. You’ve got to be able to go in and play to the standard … our depth didn’t perform the way we wanted it to … we got some guys that got their eyes opened today”
But what went wrong with the 2nd team offense and defense? According to Swinney, “Too many turnovers, bad snaps, had a couple big drops in 2-minute. Defensively, we had some critical missed tackles, too many penalties, too many mental errors.”
According to David Hood from Tigernet.com, DT Nyles Pinckney was carted off the field with an apparent injury. The extent and nature of the injury is not yet known.
Next week, the Tigers will begin preparations to face Georgia Tech and their first-year head coach Geoff Collins.