Clemson football began preseason camp on Friday with a media session featuring head coach Dabo Swinney. Swinney noted at the outset of his remarks that this will be his 40th football season (13th as HC at CU), dating back to the beginning of his playing career in the 5th grade.
Swinney addressed the recent auto accident involving defensive back Fred Davis. “We did have obviously one incredibly unfortunate situation with with Fred Davis last month and obviously everybody knows about that. First of all, thankful to the good Lord and I’m thankful to all those people that are responders that were on the scene there, that what was an incredibly serious situation didn’t become tragic. And as far as Fred goes, this is not of his character. I’m just incredibly disappointed in his decision making. He’s going to deal with lots of consequences for that.”
The Tigers head coach also provided an upbeat injury report, including the news that wide receiver Justyn Ross has been cleared to play football. Ross missed all of 2020 after a congenital fusion issue was found in his neck. He had surgery last summer to correct the condition but has been practicing in a limited fashion with the team since last fall.
Clemson hit the practice field at 4:30pm on Friday afternoon and will return to the practice field on Saturday. The Tigers first scrimmage is set for Saturday, August 14th inside Memorial Stadium.
You can hear Coach Swinney’s press conference from Friday. Jordan McFadden, Nolan Turner, and Baylon Spector videos are courtesy of Clemson Sports Information.