It was the fifth straight day of practice for the Tigers, who will take Sunday off, then come back with two practices on Monday. That will be the first of four two-a-day practices between August 10-17.
"I don't think the offense pushed through as well as the
defense did," said Swinney. "We made some mistakes on offense that we have
not had earlier. We had some quarterback/center exchanges and some missed
assignments. We didn't have Thomas Austin today (had day off due to his
graduation) and perhaps that had an impact. We missed his leadership and we
saw how important he is to this football team.
"I thought the defense had a good day. The front four had good
pressure and the defense played well at the point of attack overall. The
secondary also did a good job in coverage."
While it was the first full day in pads, most of the drills
involved "thud tackling" which means offensive players were not taken to the
"We will build up to full tackling. We have two practices on
Monday, then a scrimmage on Tuesday."
Four players were given the day off from football activities
because they went through graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum. The
current Tigers who graduated on Monday were Thomas Austin, Durrell Barry,
Sadat Chambers and Chris Chancellor.
"I am very proud of those guys," said Swinney. "Graduation was
in the morning and practice in late afternoon, but this is a special day
for those families. I told them to spend the day with their families and
celebrate what they had accomplished and that we would see them on the
practice field again on Monday morning."
Swinney also commented after practice on C.J. Spiller's
selection to the Walter Camp Award preseason watch list. It was the
second preseason award list for Spiller this week.
On Monday he was named
to the Doak Walker Award preseason list.
"C.J. is very deserving to be
considered among the top players in the nation. We plan to give him every
opportunity this year."
Four players missed the practice due to injury. Jacoby Ford has
been out since the first minutes of the first day of practice on Monday with
hamstring injury. J.K. Jay is also out with a back injury. Brandon Clear
missed the practice with a rib injury and Andre Branch was out as he
recovers from a concussion. There were no new injuries suffered on
Saturday practice brief
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