Back on the grind

CLEMSON - Practice for this month's Meineke Car Care Bowl meeting with South Florida starts Monday afternoon.

With the last of the fall finals coming to a close on Friday, the Tigers preparation starts Sunday when head coach Dabo Swinney brings the team together for their first meeting in nearly a week.

"I look forward to getting out on the field with the guys and taking advantage of some good practice time," Swinney said. "It's a great opportunity for us to get better as a football team this year, finish strong this year, but also a great opportunity to develop some of our future talent that we have here that's going to be a factor for us next year."

The Tigers have eight practice days scheduled before they'll break for the Holidays.

Six-straight days are set next week, with a day off on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday of the following week are the final two sessions in Clemson.

Coaches across the country are faced with the same challenge—trying to find the right balance in the first week of bowl workouts.

"One of the things you don't want to do is kill them on the first day, second day or third day. It's a lot of prep time, so you have to manage the schedule," Swinney said. "The tendency is you've got more time, so you're going to do too much. You're going to put more in. It's the same game…you've got all this time to prepare for one game. You have to be smart, as far as your game prep time."

Players from the first-team offense will have plenty of reps against members of the first-team defense, or plenty of "good on good."

"We'll do a lot of competitive work, which will be good for both sides. We'll get a lot of people involved in that, more than we normally would in a typical game week," Swinney said.

While the varsity is conditioning at the conclusion of practice, the jayvees, which is made up of redshirts and walk-ons that have worked on the scout team all season, will practice.

"We'll take at least four or five more periods and do extensive work with our young players—our redshirts," Swinney said.

It's treated like a spring practice.

"Fundamentals, technique, alignments, assignments, base knowledge of the systems that we have," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there and watching those guys. Our redshirts have had an excellent fall.

"Our power hour has been very, very good—very productive. The guys look good. They're strong. They're mentally tough. A lot of them have been humbled a little bit. They're eager and hungry to get out there and prove that they're going to help us be better."

Practice Schedule
Dec. 13—3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 14—3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 15—11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 16—11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 17—2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 18—11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 20—3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 21—9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Top Stories