It’s a very quiet time at Clemson. The students are away for fall break and the football team had an off weekend. So, Tiger football coach Dabo Swinney did his best during his Tuesday press conference to drum up some energy for Thursday’s game at Wake Forest by praising the Demon Deacons, releasing news on Deshaun Watson, and pushing the importance for his team to have a strong November finish to the season. Some of Swinney’s key comments:
- Likes how team has prepared and has made good use of the extra time. Time off has been good physically for his team.
- Had an outstanding practice Sunday and followed up with another good one Monday. Team is excited about playing again.
- Wake Forest is an improving team. Dave Clawson is an excellent coach and has put together a good staff.
- Leggett will be back, Watson will be ready to play but not sure he will play. He will be cut loose on Monday. Peake also looking better.
- WR DJ Greenlee suffered a torn ACL on Saturday.
- Martin Jenkins is out and they put a screw in his foot. Hope to have him back for USC game.
- Tyshon Dye is ready to go and will play against Wake Forest.
- Reid Webster will replace Ryan Norton as starting center.
- Crowder will be right guard and Davis at right tackle.
- Watson cut it loose in practice last week. No pain at all. Looks good.
Wake Forest is 4-1 at home on Thursday nights, that loss was to Clemson in 2012 42-13.
Clemson has 61 wins vs Wake Forest, its most against a current ACC member.
Clemson has won five in a row in the series by a combined score of 197-61.
After losing 9 of first 10, Clemson has won last three Thursday night appearances on ESPN.
Clemson’s defense is ranked in the top 10 of 11 national statistical categories this week, and is #2 overall.
Clemson’s senior class is 8-1 in games decided by seven points or less.
Clemson’s seniors own 38 career wins, third most in school history. 40 is the record by the 1990 class.