The Tigers worked for two crisp hours in preparation for the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners.
“This is a big week for us,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “You can’t show up in
Orlando and start game planning. You have to do that on campus because there are too
many distractions once you get to the bowl site. When we go to Orlando we want to be
in a situation where we are just polishing (the game plan)."
Swinney said it is also a big week for the future of his team because the next three
days he will keep his young players, in particular the redshirts, after practice for
“We will practice a quick 17 periods with the varsity. We have good energy and will
work efficiently. That is the way to do it this time of the year. I am not looking
to over-work the team. Then, after the varsity is finished we will work four or five
periods (20-25 minutes) with the young players and let them compete against each
Swinney gave an update on Deshaun Watson after practice. Watson had surgery to
repair a torn ACL last Friday.
“The surgery went very well and he is already into the rehab process. He is spending
a lot of time in the training room and will in the coming days. He is on crutches,
but he is doing everything he can.
“Stanton Seckinger is also recovering nicely from his knee surgery. Seck and Deshaun
are going to spend a lot of time together and that will be a good thing because it
helps to have a buddy go through this.
“We are confident Deshaun and Stanton are going to recover quickly and we will have
them out there this summer. We will need Stanton’s senior leadership and of course
you need your quarterback from a leadership standpoint. They will go to all the
meetings this spring, but won’t practice.”
The Tigers will practice Tuesday through Friday afternoon this week, then take a
break to spend some time with their families. The first practice in Orlando will be
on Dec. 24.
Tigers go full pads Monday
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