Clemson got a late start, but had a solid near two and a half hour practice on Wednesday evening. The Tigers were delayed in starting practice 40 minutes due to lightning in the area, but had a productive evening.
Clemson is in the five-day NCAA mandated acclimatization period.
The Tigers will have practice each evening on Thursday through Saturday,
then take Sunday off.
Monday morning's practice will be the first in full
pads. Clemson will practice twice that day, the first of four two-a-day
practices during the pre-school schedule.
"It was a good day of practice," said Swinney. "I told the team
that this was how championship teams practice. There was energy like there
was the first day, but they played smarter today."
In many ways, Swinney was not surprised it turned out to be a
"This morning my wife reminded me that it was the anniversary of
our first date, 22 years ago, and that C.J. Spiller was born on the same
day, August 5, 1987. Plus it was a full moon tonight so everything was in
line to have a good day and practice."
Swinney mentioned a few of his players in his postgame meeting
with the media.
"Ricky Sapp looked like Ricky Sapp today and I am anxious
to see him with the full pads on this coming Monday. I was very impressed
with Rendrick Taylor. He caught the ball out of the backfield, and from
tight end, and ran very well also.
"Byron Maxwell worked hard all summer. He worked out twice a day and I am
proud of what he has done these first two days. Kevin Alexander also looked
good at defensive end."
Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and J.K. Jay were both in yellow jerseys
and missed the practice. Ford suffered the injury while fielding punts in
Tuesday¹s first practice. Jay has a back injury.
Jaron Brown and Bryce McNeal were two receivers who missed the
practice to take a final exam for the summer session.
"Today was the last
day of summer school finals so we get them for all football now until August
19," Swinney said.
Wednesday practice brief
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