The grueling exam week coupled with the installation of the Alabama game plan has made for a shaky practice week according to Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
Swinney said the beginning of bowl practice is always a hard balance, especially with a game of this magnitude, but he believes this group will continue to bring a positive frame of mind as practices continue.
One encouraging sign for the Tigers has been Tre Lamar, who has practiced for a full week since exiting the Florida State game with a stinger injury.
The only other injured player remains Judah Davis, who Swinney said earlier in the week would be out of the CFP semifinal.
Hear part of Swinney’s Friday update below:
While Swinney said he was thankful to get another branch on his coaching tree with Billy Napier getting the job at Louisiana, he’s thankful that none of his existing assistants have left.
One man who was part of rumors involving multiple jobs was Brent Venables, who talked about the challenge of facing the third different Alabama Offensive Coordinator and why he chose to stay at Clemson.
Clemson will have a full practice Saturday, with meetings on Sunday and Monday, and then have practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday before breaking for Christmas.