Time to get serious

CLEMSON - The process of separating the men from the boys will start on Wednesday. After four days of camp, full pads will be added to the equation.

Dabo Swinney sure is excited about what's in store.

"I'm anxious to get to a little bit more competitive work," he said. "Tomorrow will be the first day we can go live on some things. We've been thudding the last two days."

Four days into camp, Swinney feels good about where things stand on both sides of the ball.

"I think we've had an excellent start, the first four practices with these guys -- you can just tell they're a little bit more of a veteran football team," he said. "They're not afraid to work, a very coachable group.

"We've got a lot of work to do. We're a long way away from being where we need to be. [If] they continue to bring the kind of effort we've had these first four days, I think we can really come out of this camp feeling good about our football team."

He added, "We're on track."

Swinney will have to wait until Sunday he can start to get a more accurate read on the freshmen, to see how on track some of those guys are.

"I really want to see them scrimmage, because then you can see what's sticking," he said. "You get off the field and watch them react. They're just playing ball. It's not just situation stuff."

That being said, there are a couple of first-year players that Swinney and the other Clemson coaches already feel good about, but they were in for the spring.

Tight end Jordan Leggett and defensive end Shaquille Lawson were mentioned by Swinney when asked if there was a specific number of freshmen that could play this fall.

"A couple of guys will be on the bubble and a couple of guys, when it's all said and done, it will be obvious to everybody," Swinney said. "The biggest area is in the secondary.

"We, really, probably need to create a class within a class with that group. We've got nine freshmen -- eight signees in a redshirt freshman in [Ronald] Geohaghan, so we've got a lot of guys that weren't here last year.

"We probably won't sign a DB -- maybe one -- in this class."

As a whole, Swinney feels good about the 2013 signing haul.

"This is a very good freshman class. It's a really good freshman class. From top to bottom, I think we hit on all of these guys, even our walk-on guys that came in with this group," he said.

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