Swinney wants more from wideouts

CLEMSON — It's not often a football coach references Wal-Mart when he is trying to describe what he is looking for in his players, but that's exactly what Dabo Swinney did following practice Friday afternoon.

"Guarantee low prices every day, they are there," Swinney said. "That is what I'm looking for. Some blue collar, show up and do your job guys at that position. We have talented players, but we are just looking for consistent performances."

The position Swinney is talking about is wide receiver, where it has been an up and down spring thus far.

"With that wideout bunch everyday is a big day because right now there is a bunch of guys and I'm looking for consistent performers," Swinney said.

The Clemson coach said the only guarantee he has right now at wideout is Jacoby Ford, who along with running back C.J. Spiller, is in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend competing in the Florida Relays. Swinney says he is hoping to get a little more than he has got so far from Marquan Jones, Jaron Brown and Xavier Dye.

Jones and Brown both had some drops Friday.

"We have really been trying to cross train Marquan and Jaron," Swinney said. "Those are two guys that we have really been trying to force feed a little bit this spring. You want to try and get your three best guys or your four best guys or your two best guys or whatever you are in (on the field).

"Some of those guys have to take the next step and take some ownership in the offense and understand the big picture."

Swinney isn't being too hard on Jones and Brown because they are learning two positions were other guys are learning just one. Some of those guys, like Brandon Clear and Terrence Ashe, had a good day Friday. Now the question is can they do it again tomorrow in the second scrimmage of the spring.

"We're looking for consistency to go along with (Ford)," Swinney said.

PITCH AND CATCH: Swinney said his quarterbacks and receivers had a good afternoon and he hopes it continues in Saturday's scrimmage.

"One thing about scrimmages is that the offense wants to look at certain things and the defense wants to look at certain things and sometimes those things don't matchup," he said. "It's not like you are game planning so you sometimes don't really know what to expect when you scrimmage.

"I would really like to see the guys throw and catch like they did today. If (Willy Korn and Kyle Parker) throw like they did today, it will be a good day tomorrow. They threw and caught the ball well. We have to continue to give those guys opportunities so we can evaluate them."

RUNNING THE BALL: Swinney says the improvement of his offensive line has made all the difference in his running game so far this spring.

"We feel good about our running game at this point. It has been a real pleasure and bonus for us," he said. "The running game is really feeding off of our guys and getting better up front."

Clemson will scrimmage Saturday at 9:45 a.m. in Death Valley. The scrimmage is closed to the public.

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