"It was a very physical day," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "We got a lot of work done, including some good situational stuff done at the end."
Those situational things included an offensive practice where the offense
was given the ball at the three-yard line and had two plays to try and win
the game, while the defense was given the situation where there was 2:45
left on the clock and they had two timeouts and they had to prevent the
offense from getting a first down.
"Those were good competitive drills," Swinney said.
Though Swinney was pleased with his offensive production Wednesday, he was
disappointed with the way his defense played, especially in the many
scrimmage. Thanks to big plays from Xavier Dye, Jaron Brown and Rendrick Taylor the Clemson offense jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the scrimmage.
"Probably the first day I have come off the practice field and been a
little disappointed," Swinney said. "I did not think they came ready to
play until it was 21-0. You can't show up when it is 21-0. You have to
show up when it is 0-0, but they did respond and that's a good thing, but
I'm disappointed with how they started practice overall."
Clemson also had a couple of penalties on offense and defense that he was
Wednesday's mini-scrimmage was the last physical practice for the Tigers
before Saturday's spring game. Tomorrow they will be in shorts. The NCAA
requires that each team have three days in shorts at some point during
FURLOUGH FAN: Swinney is encouraging all Clemson fans to make donations
to the "One Clemson Furlough Relief Fund" at the Spring Football Game
Saturday. The intra-squad game, which is free and open to the public, will
begin at 1 p.m. Fans can make donations in "All In" barrels as they enter
the stadium gates.
"I am first challenging all Clemson fans to come to Death Valley this
Saturday to break the Spring Game attendance record," Swinney said. "The
record is 20,000 and it should be a great day to come to Clemson with all
the campus activities.
"I am also asking everyone to contribute just a dollar or two or whatever
they want to the Clemson Furlough Fund. We are fortunate in the football
office, but many people who work on this campus are not as fortunate as we
are. They can use your help."
The purpose of the One Clemson Furlough Relief Fund is to support those
Clemson University employees who face the most severe financial hardship
due to the loss of pay from the mandatory five-day furlough announced by
the University last November for the 2008-09 fiscal year.
Swinney challenges fans
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