Wednesday night with Dabo

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney met with reporters after Wednesday night's practice. His thoughts on a true freshman cornerback and a reserve offensive tackle highlighted the conversation.



Among the topics up for discussion: freshman cornerback Mackensie Alexander.

Alexander, who's redshirting this season, remains on the road to recovery from groin surgery. A few weeks removed from the procedure, Alexander is working his way towards becoming a full-participant in practice.

"He's still going through that rehab process of getting better," Swinney said.

Swinney also said Alexander is participating in position-specific drills and doing some work on the scout team.

"You've got to understand, the guy really hasn't been full speed since July," Swinney said. "It's just a process for him that he's going through, but pleased with where he's at."

Ideally, Alexander will be "cutting it loose" with a little more frequency by the time bowl practice rolls around in December.

"Then, as we get into January, we get into the offseason program, [he's] really feeling 100 percent healthy," Swinney said.

Isaiah Battle's name also came up.

"I'm going to knock on some wood, but I was just making a comment today, ‘Boy, that old guy looks like he's starting to figure it out.' He's had, the last week and a half to two weeks, he really looks like he's getting ready, and he's practicing the way you need to practice," Swinney said. "He's much more engaged and in tune to the little things, and he's shown a lot of toughness.

"I'm very encouraged by what I've seen out of him…very pleased with where he is."

Swinney likened it to the position Vic Beasley was in last year.

"The light's starting to come on. He's starting to like it a little bit. He's starting to see the bigger picture," Swinney said. "Hopefully, we'll see the same kind of result like we've seen with Vic."

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