Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has reviewed the tape of last night’s 45-21 loss in Athens and he is by no means ready to hit the panic button.
Swinney saw a lot to like from his team’s performance and even though there is SC State to deal with this week, the big picture is the Florida State game in three weeks.
That’s when the Tigers need to have it all figured out.
Some of Swinney’s key remarks from his Sunday conference call:
- Liked how his guys competed. For three quarters “it was a heck of a ballgame.”
- “Georgia deserved to win, we didn’t. It’s a learning opportunity. Got to do a great job of leading and teaching.”
- Learned a lot about team that they’ll be able to teach from. Team has already responded positively.
- Offensively, it was a great first half. Missed a couple of opportunities. Thought they were well prepared for what they saw.
- “I don’t think the score was indicative of the game.”
- Georgia did a nice job of trying to get outside and they didn’t do a good job of containing. Thought guys play hard.
- 100 yard kick return and the missed field goal were big plays against Clemson in first half.
- Thought they did a lot of good things defensively, had a solid third quarter, will learn from it.
- Got a little conservative when they were backed up.
- Lost Sam Cooper and that was big loss. He broke his fibula in pregame. Back in 3 weeks.
- Has to stay consistent on offense. For 50 plays played well and then not so well. But everything is correctable.
- Thought defense played three good quarters. Thought tackles played well inside and Georgia starting going outside the edge.
- A ton of bright spots in the game including Artavis Scott, Kalen Davis, Demarre Kitt. Davis was offensive player of the game.
- Robert Smith was defensive player of the game and Tony Steward was the special teams player of the game. Thought Cole Stoudt played well.
- Came out of game in pretty good shape except for Cooper’s broken fibula.
- Joe Gore played well in first half but not as well in the second half, showed his inexperience.