With their departures, in addition to the injury to Charone Peake, Dabo Swinney was more than happy to welcome Demarre Kitt, Kyrin Priester and Artavis Scott to campus as mid-year enrollees.
Five days into spring practice, Swinney is "very encouraged" by all three freshmen.
"Kyrin made a couple of great plays today," Swinney said, after Wednesday's practice. "You can't help but notice Artavis. Demarre Kitt, he's really got the total package. He's got the total package. He's going to be a dynamic guy for us as he matures, one of those guys we can move around a little bit. He's got the right mindset.
"I love how they're working and competing. They've got a sense of urgency, too. They know we're going to need them. All you can ask is guys get better each day and those guys have done that. Those three young wide outs have gotten better all five days."
The trio will embark on the first spring break of their college lives, about four months after finishing their prep careers.
"Hopefully, they don't just go and forget about everything they've learned while they're on spring break," Swinney said. "Hopefully, they'll come back and be ready to pick up right where they left off."
Those three aren't the only freshmen receivers that have caught the head coach's eye. On Monday, Swinney said Adrian Dunn and Seth Ryan were two of the most improved players on entire the team.
The redshirt freshmen were welcomed as preferred walk-ons last summer.
"I'm talking about great improvement from summer to where they are now. That's really what it's all about," Swinney said. "It's about guys getting better and reaching, maximizing their potential, so that whole group is competitive."
The same could be said for Daniel Rodriguez, who's entering his final season of eligibility.
"Let me tell you, that guy has really developed into a great football player," Swinney said. "Everybody knows him as the solider, but he's really developed into a good player. He's done some good things on the practice field."
Also on Wednesday, Swinney mentioned the veteran wide receivers who are full participants in practice.
"[Germone Hopper] probably had his best day today, which was good, because he's been very average the first few days, very average, so it's good to see him show up and do what he can do. He was electric out there today. His consistency is where he's got to improve," Swinney said. "Mike Williams has been inconsistent. He's done some really good things, but technically, he's got to improve. He's got to play big, so we've got some work to do there with him. Very pleased with [Adam Humphries], he's been, by far, our best guy, just very solid as a rock. He's a ball player."
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