The Tigers are slated to begin practice a little after 4 PM on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. Practices are closed to the public.
Clemson will close spring practice with the annual Orange-White
game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 14 at 4 PM.
The Tigers are coming off a 10-4 season that saw the program win
its first ACC Championship in 20 years. The season included a
school record four wins over top 25 teams, including a pair of
wins over top 10 Virginia Tech teams, including the 38-10 win over
a third ranked Virginia Tech team in the ACC Championship game.
That tied for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its
Clemson's offense returns 22 lettermen, including seven starters.
Among the return starters are first-team All-ACC center Dalton Freeman, first-team All-ACC quarterback Tajh Boyd, first-team
All-American wide receiver and ACC Rookie of the Year Sammy Watkins, and second-team All-ACC running back Andre Ellington. It
is the first time Clemson has returned three first-team All-ACC
players on offense since 1978 when Joe Bostic, Jerry Butler and
Steve Fuller were returning first-team All-ACC players from the
The Clemson defense also returns seven starters from a year ago.
That group includes top tackler Rashard Hall (safety), third
leading tackler Corico Hawkins (linebacker) and fifth leading
tackler Jonathan Willard (linebacker). Clemson also returns
starting placekicker Chandler Catanzaro who was a second-team
All-ACC selection in 2011.
"I am very excited for the start of spring practice," said
Swinney, who has coached Clemson to the Atlantic Division ACC
title in two of his three full seasons as head coach. "We are
looking forward to a great spring because only 14 of our players
for this fall won't be here this spring. We have 12 new freshmen
coming in the summer and two injured players, Last year we had 27
new players join us in August."
Swinney said the offensive and defensive lines will be areas of
emphasis this spring.
"We have talented players, but we don't
have a lot of experience in the offensive and defensive lines. We
are going to have a competitive spring with a lot of work against
each other. We want to feel good about a two deep across the
lines when we finish spring practice."
The only returning starter on the defensive line is Mallicah
Goodman. The only returning starters on the offensive line are
center Dalton Freeman and guard Brandon Thomas. Tyler Shatley
is a defensive lineman who has moved to the offensive line for the
beginning of spring practice. Shatley is a red-shirt junior who
has earned two letters as a defensive tackle.
Swinney said that only two players would be out with injury for
spring practice, starting safety Rashard Hall and reserve
linebacker Tony Steward. Both had knee injuries last year.
Steward had applied for a medical red-shirt year after he played
five games last season, but the request was denied by the NCAA.
Swinney announced that Colton Walls, a linebacker from Charlotte,
NC who red-shirted last year, would not return to the program.
Three-year letterman Matt Sanders also will not return and will
graduate from Clemson in May.
Tigers anxious for spring practice
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