Clemson coach Dabo Swinney got a look at Deshaun Watson and his injured knee in practice last night, albeit in a green jersey, and this afternoon he plans to see if Watson can turn it loose in practice and do the things necessary to beat USC Saturday in Death Valley. At his Tuesday press conference, Swinney said they will take it day by day with Watson with the hope his knee will come around and he will be able to start, against the Gamecocks. But as of Tuesday, the staff is preparing Cole Stoudt to be the starter.
Here are more of Swinney’s key comments as well as full audio from his presser:
- USC has great balance on offense, do an excellent job of creating the balance. Thompson has had an excellent year and knows the offense.
- USC has a stable of running backs and they can all play. Talented offensive line. Good skill at receivers.
- Defensively they are a young defense that has gotten better and playing with more confidence.
- Critical that Clemson is sound in kicking game. Big thing for Clemson is trying to finish. Has to do things that give them a chance to win.
- Doesn’t focus on the fact he’s lost 5 in a row vs USC, doesn’t dwell about the negative, done too many great things.
- USC has been really good over the last five years and deserve credit for what they’ve done. “They’ve earned it on the field.”
- The losing streak hasn’t ruined the six years at Clemson for Swinney, “but it’s something we’ve got to get changed.”
- “Spurrier is going to coach till he’s 100. He’s done a nice job taking care of himself. He can coach as long as he wants to.”
This will be the 112th meeting in the rivalry with Clemson holding a 65-42-4 edge.
Clemson’s last win in the series was November 29th, 2008. This Saturday will be November 29th.
Clemson is 40-18-3 against USC in years in which it has the better record entering the game.
At 105 games, this is the 3rd longest uninterrupted series in the country.
Swinney is 8-6 all times vs USC as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Turnovers a big key to USC’s winning streak in the series, 15 by Clemson converted into 62 points by the Gamecocks.