Dabo spring game audio

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney met with reporters after Saturday's spring game.

(18:30)

"Alright. I thought it was a great day. A beautiful day for football. We had a lot of storms come through here yesterday and last night. I used that as an opportunity to say, hey you know, we've weathered a lot of storms around here. Today was a new beginning. A new start in Clemson history. Very proud of what we accomplished today. Any time you split your team and your staff you get a little concerned about how it is going to look on television with bad penalties and procedures. I don't think we had any sloppy penalties. We had a pass interference and a horse collar. No substitution issues. We threw and caught the ball well.

"I thought the tempo was good. Both sides competed very well. Quarterbacks threw the ball well. Wide receivers caught the ball well. Rendrick Taylor, Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington all ran the ball way. We did some good things up front on both sides of the ball on both teams. One of the biggest differences in the game was the pick-six (by Crezdon Butler). That's a good point to hammer home, we can't be ourselves offensively."

"Kickers- I think they were perfect. They hit the ball but didn't kick the ball off as well as we would have liked Matt Skinner did a great job snapping. With the team divided we did some good things. I'm encouraged because when we come together and stay together we will have a chance to be a good football team- and we didn't have No. 28 or No. 6 playing."

THOUGHTS AT QUARTERBACK: "I think we have created a very competitive environment in practice. You better not take a play off. Every rep counts and we tried to carry that over into the game today. I thought they all made some good plays and throws. Kyle Parker had an exceptional day again. I think his team scored every time. Mike Wade- he doesn't go away. We've got a good healthy situation. All great kids. All competitive guys. We don't play today, so it's not a decision we have to make today.

IMPRESSED WITH PARKER ALSO PLAYING BASEBALL: Extremely impressed. I think his best practices have been the last four. I thought he played great today. Made a lot happen. He can run. He's got a lot of instincts and he has a special tool hanging on his right shoulder there. He's one of those unique kids who has the ability to both.

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