Clemson put on the full pads for the first time this preseason Wednesday. Dabo Swinney said he thought the players competed hard and got better as the day progressed. Here’s a excerpt from the official practice report:
One of the highlights early in the practice was the “Paw Drill,” elsewhere known as the Oklahoma Drill, where a running back lines up behind three blockers, and they go head-to-head against three defenders in a confined space.
Swinney said the offense set the tempo in the Paw Drill by winning more often at the point of attack, though the defense later redeemed itself in short-yardage drills later in the practice.
“The Paw Drill is a great drill,” Swinney said. “It’s a toughness drill. It is great for both sides and great for the backs because they have to run through the smoke. There’s nowhere to go. They have to put their head down and hit it, so it’s a very good drill.”
Swinney gave reporters an in-depth recap of practice and we have all of those comments for you below. We’ve also included some comments from Tigers place kicker Chandler Catanzaro for you. Have at it, folks.