The Clemson Tigers held their first Fall scrimmage inside Death Valley on Saturday, which turned out decidedly one-sided according to their Head Coach.
In Dabo Swinney’s post-practice address to the media, he confessed he does not prefer when one side dominates the way the offense did Saturday, but he continues to be excited with what the Tigers showed at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
Freshman running back Lyn-J Dixon came out of Saturday’s scrimmage with rave reviews, including a couple of long runs, one of which went for a touchdown.
Wide receiver Justyn Ross continues to stand out as well among the freshmen, as he jockeys for position in a group that Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Scott said could have as many as nine key contributors.
As for the quarterbacks, the competition remains tight between senior Kelly Bryant, and freshmen Trevor Lawrence & Chase Brice.
Swinney said despite the fact he’d ideally want the competition solved by now, he still believes they can win with all three guys.
To hear Swinney’s remarks following Saturday’s Scrimmage, click below:
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney
For Scott, he believes the competition is more of a blessing than a burden:
Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Scott
On the flip side, Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables appeared displeased at his unit’s performance on Saturday. His secondary came in short-handed with Mario Goodrich missing the scrimmage with a groin injury and cornerback Trayvon Mullen attending a funeral.
Venables failed to make excuses for his group, and said the defense needs to raise its intensity level:
Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables
The Tigers will take Sunday off for its annual Football Fan Day beginning at 2:30 PM. Clemson players and Head Coach Dabo Swinney will sign autographs for fans at Death Valley until 5 PM Sunday. The team will resume practice Monday, and hold a situational scrimmage on Tuesday.