Linemen impress Swinney

CLEMSON - Wednesday allowed the Clemson coaching staff to commence their quest in separating the men from the boys.


Day five of preseason camp was the first practice the Tigers were allowed to work in full pads. According to Dabo Swinney, it was a productive afternoon.

"So far, they've been a very workman-like group. They've shown up every day," he said. "Good first day, very physical. Good competition on both sides."

Up next on the preseason is preparing for the first stadium scrimmage.

"We're working a lot of situational stuff right now, to get them prepared for the scrimmage on Saturday," he said. "We worked a lot of green zone, red zone, short-yardage, third-down these last few days, as well as open field, normal down-type stuff. I think we're right on track."

Before Wednesday's practice, there was little question as to who was entrenched as the starter at right tackle.

Gifford Timothy won the job during the spring and had put together a solid start to preseason camp. But a knee injury during Wednesday's practice will make things a little more interesting between him and second-teamer Joe Gore.

"I think Gore would be that first guy [after Timothy] that we give that opportunity to," Swinney said.

Timothy was carted to the training room at the end of Wednesday's practice. Swinney said the on-field diagnosis was a PCL injury, but he wasn't 100 percent certain of the injury's severity.

"Giff was definitely one, definitely first team. He's earned that," Swinney said. "But Joe's coming. Joe's making a lot of progress."

One name that continues to pop up in post-practice interviews is Shaq Anthony's. Wednesday night was no exception.

"The guy that I'm probably the most encouraged with is Shaq Anthony," Swinney said. "He hasn't been playing right tackle, but he's probably the most improved, right now, as far as coming into camp. You can tell that he's worked hard this summer."

Isaiah Battle has also progressed since the spring.

"He's still got a ways to go, but he's so much better since the spring," Swinney said.

Williams continues to hold down a starting defensive tackle spot.
Speaking of tackles, Swinney praised the two starting defensive tackles.

"DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett, if I could have 100 of them guys, I'd drive the truck, load them up and bring them back," Swinney said. "This would be the easiest game to coach in America. If they were all like Grady Jarrett and DeShawn Williams, we wouldn't even have to come to practice. We'd just stay in the office and let them come tell us how they did.

"Those guys are what you want, just incredibly competitive, very coachable. They give you every ounce of everything they have, not just on the practice field, but in the weight room. They take care of their bodies. They're two winners." Top Stories