The Tigers had Sunday off to celebrate Fan Appreciation Day and came back to practice Monday night for a 90-minute workout on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center.
Clemson is less than two weeks away from its season opener with
Middle Tennessee, a team coached by former Clemson assistant Rick Stockstill. When Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney came to Clemson for the
2003 season, he replaced Stockstill on the Tigers staff as wide receivers
The Tigers began full preparation for the Blue Raiders on Monday.
Tennessee is an excellent team that beat Maryland last year and nearly beat
Kentucky," said Swinney. "They won¹t be intimidated. They have nine
coaches and staff members who were at Clemson, including Coach Stockstill.
You know they are going to be ready.
"They will spread us out with their offense and they have an outstanding
defense with a very good scheme. They are a pure spread team that will use
four and five receivers. They couldn¹t be more different than Georgia Tech
when it comes to the offensive side of the football. Coach (Kevin) Steele
is really going to earn his paycheck the first two weeks of the season."
Swinney was pleased with his team¹s practice on Monday night.
"We had a
great practice tonight. There was good tempo. We got better tonight. We
started our normal in season routine even though we don¹t have a game this
Saturday. We will do some hitting on Tuesday. If we didn¹t it would be a
long time without hitting prior to the game.
"The practice also ended well because both Spencer Benton and Richard Jackson made 40 yard field goals under pressure with the entire team
standing around them and cheering."
The only three players on the injured list on Monday were receivers. Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and Brandon Clear (ribs) were in green jerseys and went
through most of the workout.
Freshman Brandon Ford was in a yellow jersey
due to a foot injury.
Monday practice brief
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