Dabo Swinney’s team begins its season two weeks from Saturday against Wofford at Memorial Stadium.
For the first time, Swinney had his team divided into a varsity and scout team as
the true preparation for a specific opponent began. After practice, Swinney watched
over 35 prospective walk-ons try out for a few spots on the 115-man roster.
“It was a typical first day of game preparation,” said Swinney. “A was a little
sluggish at times, but we will have another day of it on Saturday and then on to
Monday.” The team will practice Saturday morning and have Fan Appreciation Day on
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
Much of the talk with the media after practice centered around the playing status of
the true freshmen in this year’s class. Swinney said cornerback Mark Fields
suffered a broken hand and would be in a cast for four weeks. “Right now we are
planning to play him. We will have to see how he is in a couple of weeks. “
Swinney was asked about whether or not some of the other first year players would
red-shirt. He did not give a list of every freshman that would play, but did answer
questions from the media about specific players when asked.
The seventh year Clemson Head Coach said that the plan is to play quarterback Kelly
Bryant, defensive lineman Austin Bryant, wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray
McCloud, linebackers J.D and Judah Davis, and Jalen Williams, offensive linemen
Mitch Hyatt and Jake Fruhmorgen, defensive lineman Albert Huggins and Christian
Wilkins, defensive back Van Smith, and tight end Garrett Williams. Other true
freshmen could play as the season goes on, but many are “on the bubble” at the
Williams is one who is not on the bubble. Clemson coaches have been pleased with the
performance of the tight end from Orlando, Fla., who is the son of a former Florida
State fullback. “Garrett Williams Is a physically gifted player who will help us
this year. He has a great knowledge of the game. “
Swinney also said that running back Adam Choice had played well in the preseason and
is ready to play, but he might be held out. “We would like to get his year back,
and I think he would like to get his year back. It would be a benefit to him in the
Choice played in six games last year before suffering a torn ACL at Boston College.
He rushed for 218 yards in 50 carries, including a team best 61 yards against a
Louisville defense that had a national best six defensive players drafted last
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