The Tigers worked for over two hours and ran over 90 plays from scrimmage, plus special teams plays on a beautiful day. There were many outstanding performances, but some mistakes have to be corrected according to Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
“We had way too many critical penalties today,” said Swinney. “Those are the things
that get you beat. Our kickers were inconsistent today, which was disappointing
because you can see they’re very capable in practice. We have a lot of work to do to
be ready in front of over 80,000 fans.”
“Marcus Edmond made a great play on a pick-six, where he jumped the receiver’s
route. Charone Peake had a really good day as a receiver (72-yard touchdown
reception from Watson). I thought Deshaun Watson was excellent all day. A lot of
different guys on offense made plays, from Jordan Leggett and Ray-Ray McCloud to
“We’ve got three weeks to be ready to play, and we’ll be ready when it comes
Watson completed 5-10 passes for 110 yards and two scores, the 72-yarder to Peake
and a five-yarder to Jordan Leggett. The running game was balanced. Freshman C.J.
Fuller had eight rushes for 80 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run against the
Wayne Gallman had nine carries for 43 yards to lead the backs running with the first
unit. Tyshon Dye had six rushes for 35 yards, while C.J. Davidson had 8-24
rushing and Adam Choice added 9-25 on the ground. Zak Brooks did not play in the
scrimmage due to a shoulder injury.
Germone Hopper had three catches for 37 yards, while Ray-Ray McCloud had 2-33 and
Hunter Renfrow had 2-10. Ten other players had a reception in the balanced attack.
In addition to Peake’s 72-yard reception from Watson, the graduate from Spartanburg
also had 50-yard touchdown catch from Watson that did not count after officials
ruled Watson had been touched by a defender on the pass and thus sacked. The
scrimmage was played with the no tackling of the quarterback rule.
Three players on defense had interceptions. In addition to Marcus Edmond’s 50-yard
interception return for a score, Dorian O’Daniel and Jalen Williams also had
interceptions. Travis Blanks had a 50-yard fumble return for a score, giving the
defense two scores on the day.
Williams, a freshman from Columbia, S.C., led all tacklers with eight, led everyone
in tackles for loss with three, had two sacks, a pass broken up and the
interception. O’Daniel and Jefferie Gibson added six tackles apiece. Williams and
Carlos Watkins had two sacks apiece. Freshman Christian Wilkins had two tackles for
loss and a caused fumble.
Starting receiver Mike Williams missed the scrimmage recovering from a hamstring
pull. He is expected to return next week.
Swinney announced after practice that red-shirt freshman Korie Rogers of Flowery
Branch, Ga., had decided to retire from football. Swinney also announced that
punter Andy Teasdall and receiver Hunter Renfrow had been placed on scholarship
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