True to the form of their national championship success, the Clemson Tigers defense showed out during their first Fall showcase.
Players and coaches say Saturday’s closed scrimmage belonged to the defense, with Kelly Bryant throwing one interception to Tanner Muse off a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage. Head coach Dabo Swinney said despite the setback, he was pleased with Bryant’s development and the decisions he made Saturday.
Clemson had mixed news on the injury front, with DL Clelin Ferrell returning to action Saturday having recovered from his concussion. Mitch Hyatt was held out after getting hit in the head by a football earlier in the week, and remains in concussion protocol.
Swinney addressed the media following the scrimmage, saying that this year is about being grouped with the rest of the teams in college football:
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables gives his take on the scrimmage:
Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott offered up his take on his side of the ball after the scrimmage: