Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the media via Zoom, Sunday, to reflect on the Tigers 35-12 victory over Furman and look ahead to Saturday’s game against La. Tech. The biggest news concerning player availability is that freshman receiver Adam Randall (Myrtle Beach) has been cleared to play, according to Swinney. Randall was highly recruited and Swinney praised his competitiveness and playmaking ability, calling him a “natural.”
Swinney struck a positive tone while assessing the play of quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, highlighting his decision making, poise in the pocket and confidence. The defense didn’t draw rave reviews, however. Swinney is determined to get the secondary to perform better in the quick game, specifically calling out his cornerbacks’ poor technique at the snap, leading to “easy access” throws from Furman quarterback Tyler Huff (30 of 39). Swinney also pointed to the success the Paladins had in the screen game after cut blocking at the point of attack, something he expects future opponents to mimic. Screens and quick slants were a big part of Furman’s game plan, leading Clay Hendrix’s group to a pristine 3rd down percentage (10 of 18, 55.5%), Saturday.
But Swinney also said all of the defensive problems were correctable and noted how difficult it was to prepare for Furman on a short week. The Tigers will get their next test at 8 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to the La. Tech Bulldogs.
Dabo Swinney Sunday night conference call
Clemson in NCAA stats this week:
- Total offense: 85th
- Scoring offense: 40th
- Total defense: 48th
- Scoring defense: 21st
- Tackles for loss: 10th
- Penalty yards: 7th
- Will Shipley: 3rd rushing TDs, 7th total TDS and scoring
- DJ Uiagalelei: 62nd passing efficiency