Practices are getting more and more physical at Clemson. After two days of working in helmets and shorts, the Tigers added shoulder pads to their uniform on Thursday for an early evening practice. On Saturday the team will be in full pads for the first time.
The Tigers got through the workout in good health as no injuries were reported. There were a few players who pulled up with cramps late in the practice due to the humid weather conditions, but fewer players had the problem than the previous night.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney was pleased with his team’s effort. “We had another good day,” said Swinney. “We are getting more and more physical as we work our way to the first day in pads on Saturday.
“There are some mistakes out there, but we have had a good tempo on both sides of the ball and that is good to see. I loved the spirit we have shown so far.”
The media asked Swinney about the progress of the wide receiver position after practice. “I know that is the big question on offense, but I am not concerned. It is very close in terms of the competition for playing time. They have all had great moments so far. You want a highly competitive situation and that is what it has been.
“Xavier Dye and Terrence Ashe have had the most experience among the returning guys, but they have been mostly backups. I hope to have several guys involved at that position.”
Swinney was also asked about depth on the offensive line. “I feel good about the first six, the question is who will be seven, eight and nine (players on the second team). Matt Sanders has been around and has played well. Phillip Price has looked good and is now up to 298 pounds. We also look for Brandon Thomas to make progress. Kalon Davis has made a big change physically since he came here in January. I think he is going to be a terrific player.”
The Tigers return to the practice fields on Friday and Saturday evening and will take Sunday off. The first two-a-day session is Monday.
All practices are closed to the public. Fan Appreciation Day is Sunday, August 22.
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