Wednesday Dabo Swinney Audio

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney discusses Saturday's nationally televised game at No. 15 Auburn.

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OPENING STATEMENT: Good practice. Just working on, spending a good bit of time or working on our focus, concentration and operation. We played some noise, mixed that in quite a bit with practice. Also with special teams and a big third-down emphasis for us today. Good practice.

CROWD NOISE: We had some yesterday, but more of it today. Just, again, trying to do everything to prepare for what they're going to get. You've got to be able to communicate and adjust the cadence and things like that, when it's loud. They're used to, usually when we're on offense, it's not that loud. We've been at home. It's been friendly fire. We'll have to do a good job of handling that.

PHILLIP PRICE INJURY UPDATE: He looks good. I think he'll be all right.

WHEN DABO SAW KYLE PARKER'S POISE: I actually went down there to recruit a lineman that was a senior. I can't even remember his name. When I went down there, I'm sitting there trying to watch this lineman and I keep seeing this little quarterback. He tells me he's a tenth grader. He's a tenth grade guy and he's making plays all over the field, running around. And I'm like, golly. This kid is throwing darts. He was just one of them guys, you could just see it even then. Then, he came to camp that summer. As I started talking to him and getting to know his personality, he's always been that way. He's just a winner. He's a peak performer. That's what he is. He's a peak performer that works hard at it. Obviously, when he came in here as a freshman and I saw what he did as a high school senior in baseball. I knew that he was capable of being a pretty special guy.

VIC BEASLEY, SCOUT TEAM QB: They used him a little bit. We used everybody we could, as far as running the ball. It's hard to simulate 250 pounds. I think he's grown two inches the last couple of days. He might be 6-8 now. He's a big dude. Da'Quan [Bowers] that can simulate that size.

NEWTON'S ABILITY: He's big and strong, can break tackles. He also can put his foot in the ground, redirect and change direction like a wide out. You don't see many guys that big that can do that. He's tough to handle. You better keep your knees bent, in great football position and you better hang on until the cavalry can get there. We'll have to do a good job of tackling and rallying to the ball. He can do a great job, having him dead, but he's got that ability to get out and make a big play. Kind of like C.J. [Spiller]. He brings that big-play capability to their offense, especially when it's a bad play. It can go from disaster to wow, simply because of his athleticism.

EVOLUTION OF THE GAME: Daunte Culpepper was a guy I coached against when I was at Alabama. He was unbelievable. He was big, just like this guy. Had a big arm and could run. He just made so much happen. JaMarcus Russell was like that down at LSU. Kind of a similar mold. He's a little longer than those guys.

THINKING TWICE ABOUT BLITZING: You just have to be smart and have to mix it up. When you do bring pressure, you've still got guys covering guys and everybody's got to do their job. If you don't, it's a big play. We've got to get there. If we're bringing more than they block, we've got to get there and disrupt it. Hopefully, we can get pressure with a four and five-man rush. From time to time, you've got to really challenge them. You've got to pick your spots.

DOWN TO GA. TECH EARLY: That was an interesting time for me to see the football team and to see the staff, to be honest with you. Because, it was the first time that we had been in that kind of a situation. A new staff, new team, all that kind of stuff. There was no panic. We went in 21-7 at the half, something like that, even at the halftime, we were like, ‘Hey, we're going to be fine. We've taken their best shot. We've made some mistakes. Let's just correct them and we'll get back in this thing.' That's what we did. We came back and took the lead until the very end of the game. I knew then that we would have a pretty special group last year.

LINEBACKERS: They've been fine. They've done a good job. Again, there's nothing like that game speed that you're going to see on Saturday. Hopefully, we'll play smart and make sure they're in good position to make the plays that they're going to have to make.

KALON DAVIS INJURY UPDATE: He had an epidural put in his back. We're hoping that will take for him. We definitely are going to have to redshirt him for sure. If that doesn't do the trick, they'll have to go in and do surgery on him. Hopefully he'll be OK. If they do surgery, it'll be a couple of months. We're confident he'll be OK. This will set him back, for sure, as far as potential for playing this year.

OL DEPTH: We're confident [Brandon Thomas] can get in there and play some snaps. [Phillip] Price will be the one that will get in there and play, along with [Mason] Cloy. Those seven, and with Thomas eight, kind of an eight-man rotation. We've got to be prepared to play a lot of snaps Saturday. Certain guys are going to have to play a bunch of snaps. We'll have to have our best people in the game. They've got to be ready to play 60 minutes or as long as it take, however long it takes to finish. Empty the tank is what I tell them. Empty the tank.

MORE ON DAVIS' INJURY: He says he actually hurt it in high school, moving some furniture or something. He kind of aggravated it. We checked it out. He's got a little bulging disk in there. We're going to try this epidural to see if it will relieve it. If not, they'll have to go in there and fix it.

JUCO FILM ON NEWTON?: I don't have any JUCO tape on him. I didn't see any. Kevin may have got his hands on some. We all know him from high school and all that kind of stuff. We've got a good feel. Then, we watched the spring game that they had. Got a chance to see him play in their system a little bit. He's an impressive guy.


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