Dabo's Monday Teleconference

Dabo Swinney spoke with the media for the first time since Saturday night's 27-24 overtime loss at No. 15 Auburn.

Kyle Parker's rib cage, which absorbed a big hit in the third quarter, had no cracks. Swinney said x-rays came back negative.

"He'll probably be a little limited tonight, I'm sure. He'll get a little better. He's just real sore," Swinney said. "Thankfully, he didn't have any crack in his rib or anything like that. He's just got a really big bruise. He got nailed pretty good, right in the back there…hopefully by Wednesday or Thursday, he might be able to do a few things.

"The biggest thing with Kyle is mental, making sure that he's mentally sharp and focused, knows what we're doing."

Swinney was diplomatic in his response when asked whether he thought Auburn could have been flagged for a spear.

"If they had thrown a flag, I don't think anyone would have thrown their hands up," he said.

The timetable for David Smith wasn't announced. But reserve Brandon Thomas will immediately move inside to guard with Smith on the shelf. Thomas will provide depth behind Mason Cloy.

"He's worked a little bit at guard, in camp and stuff," Swinney said. "He's one of those guys that we cross-trained a little bit, in case we had an injury. If David does not play against Miami—and most likely he won't be able to play against Miami—we're very encouraged by the news we got, though. We're going to get him back."

He added that Spencer Shuey suffered "a grade-two AC sprain." Shuey is one of the top

Saturday night's game was physical on both sides of the ball, from both teams. Swinney believed his team won that aspect of the game.

"I thought we were the more physical team. That was a good thing for me to see when we watched the film. I just don't think we can have the kind of program we want to have around here if we can't physically line up and battle the way we need to," he said. "I thought our guys, especially in the trenches, got after it. Even the way our backs ran the ball, they ran with a physical presence. Our defense, some of the hits they were throwing out there were the way you want to see them."

Long snapper Matt Skinner was penalized for an illegal snap penalty in overtime, which took the game-tying 26-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro off the board. Swinney said it was just a mistake.

"He had maybe 15 snaps in the game. Fourteen of them were perfect," he said. "I doubt there were any other players out there who played 15 snaps and 14 of them were perfect. Matt Skinner is a heck of a snapper. He is a great snapper. This kid can flat out do it. Unfortunately, nobody even notice you until you do something wrong."

Swinney has little doubt that Skinner and Catanzaro will have trouble bouncing back.

Catanzaro missed the 31-yard attempt after the penalty.

"He'll grow up from that experience. I think he'll respond positively," Swinney said.

It's quite the grind after the bye week with nine-straight games left on the schedule. At one time, Swinney didn't like see the bye week so early. He's since changed his stance.

"I think the open date is a good time for us now. I didn't like it at the beginning of the season, but I like it now. The good Lord knows what he's doing," Swinney said.

Following the loss, he had a better idea of what his team was made of when adversity struck. That's all well and good. Now it's time to show they can win on the road. Qualifying for a trip to Charlotte, N.C. in early December for the ACC Championship will require a road win or two.

"If we're going to win a championship this year, we're going to have be able to go on the road and finish in some of those tough environments," Swinney said.

Clemson was scheduled to start practice at 6 p.m.


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