The Tigers worked for two hours and ran nearly 100 plays in perfect weather. It was the last full scrimmage until the Tigers hold their Spring Game on Saturday, April 11 at 2:30 pm in Memorial Stadium on the Clemson campus.
Wednesday’s scrimmage was the last practice for the Tigers until Monday, as the team
and coaching staff will have the Easter Holiday weekend off.
“We had some good plays on offense and ran the ball pretty well, but we didn’t find
the endzone,” said Swinney of his offense. “Last time I checked you don’t get points
for good plays. We settled for too many field goal attempts. There were times we
had missed assignments that led to negative plays.”
Swinney was pleased with the performance of his defense especially in key
situations. “The defense was tremendous all day. They might give up a big play,
but they showed pride and rallied. There were only two situations that disappointed
me as far as the defense. They allowed Zak Brooks to make a 44-yard run off the
goal line to flip the field position, then gave up a touchdown in two plays during
the two-minute drill near the end of the scrimmage.”
Some of the defensive leaders included safety Jayron Kearse, who had a 30-yard
interception return for the second scrimmage in a row. He also had a tackle for loss
and a pass deflection. Walk-on Kaleb Chalmers had a 30-yard interception return.
Carlos Watkins had a sack, a tackle for loss and two blocked field goals. Kevin
Dodd also had a sack.
Quarterback Nick Schuessler had another solid performance and completed 9-15 passes
for 128 yards and a touchdown. His scoring pass was a perfectly executed back
shoulder throw to Mike Williams for a 60-yard touchdown during the two minute drill.
Both freshman quarterbacks saw action in the scrimmage. Tucker Israel completed a
38-yard pass to wide receiver Adrien Dunn. Kelly Bryant had a pair of 11-yard runs
to help the running game.
The top rusher was Wayne Gallman, who had 15 carries for 51 yards and a score during
a red-zone drill. Brooks finished with 8-50 on the ground. Tyshon Dye scored two
touchdowns during goal line plays and had a pair of receptions out of the backfield.
The top receiver was tight end Jordan Leggett, who had five receptions for 73 yards.
He caught a 35-yard pass from Schuessler on the first play of the scrimmage.
Ammon Lakip made field goals of 37, 21 and 41 yards.
Swinney reported that there were no injuries. He also said that tight end Jay Jay
McCullough had returned to the team from a suspension. He was held out of the
scrimmage on Wednesday, but is expected to return on Monday.
Tigers hold second scrimmage Wednesday
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