Boyd's workload to lighten

CLEMSON - The reins have been tightened on Tajh Boyd. They'll remain that way for the rest of this week.

During Wednesday's situational scrimmage, Boyd played a handful of snaps before giving way to Cole Stoudt, Nick Schuessler and Donny McElveen.

"We're very comfortable with where [Boyd] is," Dabo Swinney said. "We really want him to be fresh, his arm to be fresh. That was one of our notes that we made from last year -- we pushed him hard last year -- maybe pull back a little bit right about now, as far as his reps throwing the ball, so when we get to the first of next week he's really got some spring in that arm and his legs and is ready to go.

"Plus, those other guys need all the -- we can't get Cole [and] Nick enough work, and Donny, that's all we've got -- those guys need some real high-quality reps."

Swinney anticipates Boyd having a similar kind of workload during Saturday's stadium scrimmage.

"He'll work some [early], probably not a lot," Swinney said.

The Situation

Though Wednesday's scrimmage was inside Death Valley, it's different than what the team did last Saturday and will go through again this Saturday.

"Today was about trying to get these guys to really focus on situational football," Swinney said. "A lot of first-down, a lot of second-won -- we wanted to make sure we got enough second-and-long, second-and-short.

"Same thing with third-down, we had a good third-down period, third-and-long all the way to third-and-short. Had some red-zone, green-zone, a live two minutes [and] a couple of different scenarios."

Turning up the pressure

Protecting the Stoudt, Schuessler and McElveen was a little bit of an issue for the big guys up front.

"I thought we were really poor protecting the quarterback today…really, really disappointed with our protection as a whole," Swinney said. "A little bit better with our first group, but as a whole, way too many sacks."

Corey Crawford was responsible for creating much of that havoc.

"Corey Crawford, we didn't block him all day. I thought Corey Crawford had one of his best practices since he's been here," Swinney said.

The DBs

One of the major storylines through camp has been the rash of injuries to the defensive backs. That issue, for the most part, has subsided.

Mackensie Alexander is close to being a full participant.

"He did some things today. He practiced Monday night. He practiced yesterday. We're still not letting him tackle yet. He's doing team pass, skele and individuals," Swinney said. "He's moving around pretty good."

Fellow freshman Korrin Wiggins has remained healthy through camp and continues to impress.

"He's got a chance to really help our football team," Swinney said.

Travis Blanks is another one of the few defensive backs to keep a clean bill of health. He had a solid situational scrimmage after having a not so good showing in last Saturday's scrimmage.

"Blanks came back and had a good day today, a couple of interceptions," Swinney said.

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