Spring practice opens today at Clemson and what a difference a season makes. Since their last spring practice, the Tigers have won a national championship, opened a state-of-the-art operations center and said goodbye to some of their all time best players in Deshaun Watson, Mike Williams and Wayne Gallman.
Though still basking in the national glow of a championship, Dabo Swinney knows his job now is to dim those bright lights to a focus on a new team and a new season. He has to find new starters at quarterback, center, running back, receiver and tight end. And that’s just on the offense. The defense loses starters at tackle, linebacker, corner and safety. And a new punter has to be identified as well.
Wednesday Swinney met with the media and broke down his plans for dealing with the issues facing his team this spring.
Swinney on facing the challenges following a championship season
Swinney’s overview of his team this spring
Swinney on the quarterback competition this spring
Other notes from Swinney’s presser:
Most of the team is here this spring because they didn’t have a lot graduate, only 10 to join in the summer, 4 mid year guys.
Only 7 scholarship seniors so a big junior, sophomore team.
Thought they were improved in every area on defense last season.