"Our emphasis was working on Clemson and trying to get better. I think we did that. I think we accomplished our goal," he said.
Opening week play by several important pieces of the puzzle on defense was disappointing. On Sunday, Swinney lauded several of those players for their improved work in Saturday's 58-21 win.
"Defensively, the biggest thing that I was pleased with, last week we had some of our really key guys—[DeAndre] McDaniel, [Andre] Branch, [Byron] Maxwell, Rashard Hall, Corico [ Hawkins], Kourtnei Brown—guys we're really counting on, I didn't think that group played very well," he said. "It was a big challenge for them this week. They really played a good football game...I'm just real pleased with how they played."
Tackling was the biggest defensive issue Swinney wanted to see resolved.
"We really tackled well. Guys reacted to things better. We contained better. Didn't have some of the busts that we had in the first game," he said. "They came to play. It's been a long week.
"Everybody talked bad about them. It kind of humbled them a little bit. Hopefully, they'll be better to go this week."
Branch, who had five tackles, two sacks—along with an additional tackle for loss, was named player of the game.
Swinney said Hawkins had "his best game since he's been here at Clemson."
Offensively, five different wide receivers made a catch against Presbyterian. Terrance Ashe finished with the long catch of the group—a 43-yard grab. Brandon Clear and Bryce McNeal had a reception for 29 and 24 yards, respectively. DeAndre Hopkins and Jaron Brown each had a touchdown catch.
"Several of our receivers made some plays. We're still seeing some guys do some good things there," Swinney said.
The page has now obviously quickly turned to Auburn.
"We'll have to be much better to be able to go down and win at Auburn. Overall, again, it's good to be 2-0. Hopefully, we can just keep getting smarter," he said.
How Clemson will contain Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is the biggest question heading into Saturday's game.
Swinney likens Newton's physical presence to Daunte Culpepper.
"He's just a big man that can run the football and has a great arm. He's got all the tools," Swinney said. "It'll be a real task for us. When you have a guy like that, it's almost like you're playing with 12 out there on offense. You have to account for him both throwing the ball and running the football.
"You can do a great job of pressuring him and a great job of coverage down field. Where he's dangerous is when he creates something on his own. The Mississippi State game, I don't know how many third downs he converted, just by himself."
The defense is expected to be back at full-strength. Brandon Maye, who hasn't played yet this season, is expected to be ready t. So is Jarvis Jenkins, who was also sidelined for the Presbyterian game.
Offensive tackle Phillip Price is questionable after suffering an ankle injury.
"I think he actually looked very good today. He had very minimal swelling in his ankle," Swinney said. "We'll evaluate him again tomorrow. By Tuesday, we'll probably know a little bit more about him…we're leaning toward up-grading him. Hopefully, over the next couple of days."
On Sunday morning, it was announced that Auburn will be the site of ESPN's College GameDay.
Swinney didn't know the game was picked to be the broadcast site of the show until moments before joining the teleconference.
Even though it's not a home for the ACC Tigers, he recognizes how big the stage is.
"Anytime you have a chance for you program to be showcased on national TV, home or away, it's a great opportunity for you to make a positive statement," Swinney said.
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