Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are preparing for the annual Spring Game in Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.
“This was a tough practice,” said Swinney, who had given his team four days off for
the Easter holiday. “We challenged them with a physical drill right from the
beginning, then had the half scrimmage. We continue to keep evaluating our players
in all of the drills and scrimmages.
"The offense moved the ball and had some big plays during the scrimmage, but the
defense continued to win the battles in the redzone."
Swinney has been impressed with some veteran defensive players up front who will get
opportunities as starters this coming fall.
“We have not been able to block D.J. Reader. I really like his attitude this spring.
Of course, we say the same thing about Shaq Lawson every day. Carlos Watkins and
Kevin Dodd are improving every day and getting more and more consistent.
“But I like what I am seeing in the offensive line, too. It shows we are having good
competition in the trenches. The second unit is starting to come together."
The young quarterbacks, Tucker Israel and Kelly Bryant, played well in the scrimmage
segment of the practice. Both completed passes of at least 50 yards, as Israel hit
Germone Hopper and Bryant connected with Adrien Dunn. Israel completed a touchdown
pass to Hopper to complete the drive, while Bryant had a 15-yard run to set up a
“This was probably the best practice for both of the freshmen,” Swinney said. “I
told the team after the practice that it is not easy to come out here from high
school and go against our defense right away.”
Tigers hold physical Monday scrimmage
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