The team scattered to sites around the country along with the rest of the Clemson student body for Spring Break a week ago last Friday. But, the team reported back for an evening meeting Sunday and was ready to go on Monday for the seventh team practice of the 15 Spring sessions.
“It was a good practice and everyone was back and in a good frame of mind,” said
Swinney, who will enter his seventh full season as head coach of the Tigers in
September. “It was a good practice. We worked in shells, but we got a lot done.
Wednesday will be an important day.”
Among the highlights was two long pass receptions in a competitive passing drill by
wide receiver Mike Williams.
Clemson has been working on fundamentals for most of the first seven practices, but
the team will have its first full scrimmage on Wednesday in the stadium. (The
scrimmage is closed to the public).
“Scrimmages are important because we need to
evaluate what players will do in certain situations. How will player X perform
against player Y in a scrimmage situation? How will a young freshman react when
competing against a veteran player?
“At the end of spring practice we will have exit meetings with each player and
review with them what they need to work on to be better prepared to help the team in
the fall. We have two full scrimmages plus the spring game. The scrimmages are
One of the players Swinney commented on after practice was redshirt sophomore
running back Tyshon Dye, who played near the end of last season after recovering
from a torn Achilles tendon. He played in just four games, but had 151 yards
rushing in 32 carries and scored two touchdowns.
“Tyshon looks very different from the fall. I said last fall that he needed a
spring and a summer to get back into football shape. He has worked hard in our
offseason program in the weight room and has gotten much more healthy. You can see
it in some of his cuts. There are some moves he couldn’t do last fall, but he can
now do. He is one of the players we are anxious to see in the scrimmages.”
Swinney also talked about the offensive line after Monday’s practice. “The first
group has had a good spring so far. Isaiah Battle, Ryan Norton, Joe Gore, Eric Mac
Lain and Tyrone Crowder are all playing with more confidence. I am very encouraged
by what I have seen from that group.
“The second group is talented, but obviously lacks experience. But they have been
working hard and are going to get batter as we go along. They are hungry and that
is great to see.”
Notes: Tyshon Dye has changed uniform numbers from No. 23 to No .22. He wore No 22
in high school….freshman offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt was injured in a practice
before spring break, but was back full go today…among the former Tigers at practice
on Monday were Jacoby Ford, C.J. Spiller and Woody Dantzler. Those three former
Tigers accounted for 20,469 yards in total offense and all-purpose running over
their respective careers, a figure that converts to 11.63 miles…current Indianapolis
Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christiansen was among the visitors to
practice…Christiansen was an assistant coach at Clemson under Tommy West in 1994 and
Clemson returns to practice after layoff
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