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CLEMSON - Players will be logging off social media sites like Twitter this season, with an eye on minimizing off the field distractions.

Dalton Freeman doesn't even have a Twitter account, but plenty of his teammates do.

"First and foremost, we have a pretty mature team, but I don't think we would have had too many distractions," he said. "However, there are a few bad apples in every bunch. For whatever reason, coach [Dabo] Swinney decided that it was necessary, and we back him 100 percent.

"It was actually the seniors that brought it up to him."

The seniors first brought up the idea during spring practice. Swinney thought about it over the summer before making the ruling on Thursday.

"It's a distraction that we don't need," Swinney said. "This team's focused on trying to be the best they can be. Everybody feels like -- that's something we can alleviate some pressure. It's just a distraction, really nothing more than that."

Most of the team's high profile players are on Twitter.

Sammy Watkins [@SammyWatkins7] leads the team with over 31,000 followers.

Tajh Boyd [@TajhB10] is second with over 17,000 followers.

Andre Ellington [@Dre23_LilBit] has over 4,500.

"It really is a distraction," Boyd said. "For me, after every game, especially after a big game, I'd be like, ‘How many followers did I get?'

"The comments from other teams, coming from other people are things that we don't need on our journey right now. I think, one thing we can learn from last year, is taking care of as many distractions as possible. I think that's going to help us in the long run."

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