Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney held his weekly teleconference, Sunday, following his team’s 45-10 victory over Louisville. Swinney praised the play of Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Nyles Pinckney and the offense’s 3rd-down percentage (5 of 11). While pleased with the final score, Swinney emphasized the need for better focus and fewer mistakes, particularly on defense, “This is probably the most tackles we’ve missed in a long time. We missed twenty-something tackles … we’re fast and athletic and overcome some of it, but we’ve got to improve our discipline.”
Despite the missed tackles, the Tigers’ defense held Louisville just 263 yards and have yet to surrender 300 total yards in any of the first seven games. Swinney also commended his defense, particularly the back seven, for limiting Louisville to 8 of 22 passing.
The Tigers will play host to Boston College for homecoming, Saturday. Clemson is a 35-point favorite.
Notes from Dabo Swinney teleconference
- On Andrew Booth (ejected from Louisville game for throwing punch): Will miss first half of BC game, as per league rules. Booth rode the bus back to Clemson with team managers while the team flew as part of his punishment. The rest of it will be handled in-house. Swinney likes Booth’s response to this point. Booth apologized to team, AD.
- Receivers did not execute in the screen game, but did make some big plays and did not suffer a dropped pass.
- Offensive line cleared the way for Travis Etienne’s 192 rushing yards and tallied 17 knockdown blocks.
- On injuries: No comment on Xavier Thomas. Will find out more later this week on Thomas. Of the guys leaving the game, Saturday, not concerned about anyone missing BC game (Amari Rodgers, Travis Etienne, John Simpson).
- On dropping in polls: I don’t worry about it. Everybody can have their opinion, but it doesn’t matter. We just want to close out this season by winning the division, winning the league, and hopefully we’ll be in position (to advance to CFP).
Dabo Swinney teleconference