Dabo Swinney blocks out several periods of time at the end of each bowl practice for the younger players to receive hands on coaching. Around Clemson, they call it jayvee practice.
So far, Swinney likes what he's seen during those periods.
"We've got some young guys that have got some bulldog in them," he said. "I'm excited. I really am. It's going to be a fun spring around here with some of these guys. We have a lot of guys that have really maximized their power hour, getting physically more prepared."
After Thursday's practice, Swinney mentioned several freshmen who stood out during that afternoon's jayvee workout.
"Man, Wayne Gallman. Wayne Gallman, wow. He is," Swinney said. "Dorian O'Daniel, today, those two guys jump out.
"[Scott] Pagano, [Tyrone] Crowder, I'm excited about those guys."
Gallman, O'Daniel and Crowder could all play significant roles in 2014.
Gallman will be in the mix for carries with the departure of Roderick McDowell. O'Daniel could compete at either the WILL or SAM linebacker, which Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian will leave behind after the Orange Bowl. And Crowder could have a shot at Tyler Shatley's starting right guard spot.
They weren't the only ones Swinney thought were worth mentioning.
"I thought Nick Schuessler did a good job out there today at quarterback. Little Adrien Dunn, who walked on here from Daniel, he made a heck of a play out there," Swinney said.
He added, "Maverick Morris has done some good things."
Competition is the name of the game for those guys, because they've spent the majority of the season filling roles on the scout team.
"It's fun to see those guys get a chance to get out there and compete," Swinney said. "We did a lot of PAW drill and what we call 1-on-1 board drill, called them out one at a time, the whole team was there."
The team is off from practice on Friday. Their final practice before the break is Saturday. They'll reconvene in Clemson on the 26th before leaving on the 29th.
At this point, Swinney expects all players to be eligible academically for the trip. But nothing is official on that front until Friday.
"It looks like we're not going to have any casualties. I'm hesitant to say that 100 percent, but it looks good," Swinney said.
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