NOTEBOOK: Tigers getting after it

CLEMSON - After practicing in full pads Tuesday, Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said the Tigers will be in full pads again on Wednesday.

Thursday's and Friday's practice will be in shells. On Saturday, game situations will be set up in Death Valley.

"Saturday will be a mock game. All kind of situations and scenarios," Swinney said. "The press box, kicking. Everything from how we warm up, what groups goes here and what group goes there. How we flex to pregame talks to captains to coming down the hill.

"We'll do it all until the postgame process. We'll cover everything from A-to-Z from a game situation on Saturday. We're kind of building to that."

Practice Tuesday was a heavy, physical one that Swinney believed was needed.

"You can't sleep good knowing you go over two weeks without anybody getting hit," Swinney said. "We got through it healthy, so we were all holding our breath. We came through it pretty good."

CHALLENGING THE OUTSIDE: An area where the Tigers are expected to be pretty good is at cornerback.

Between Chris Chancellor, Crezdon Butler, Byron Maxwell, Xavier Brewer and Marcus Gilchrist, Swinney likes to see those players challenged in practice with man coverage.

"We need to challenge those guys. They are great coverage guys, they can cover. If those guys will man up at times, when we ask them to, and do a great job with their technique…in press situations, we've got some good guys up front. They can't block all day," Swinney said. "If we can hold up outside that gives us a great advantage."

KORN WORKING HARDER THAN EVER: If there was a way to work harder since being named backup quarterback, Willy Korn has done it, according to Swinney.

"It's a hard thing for a guy like Willy Korn to do because he works his butt off all the time," Swinney said. "He's really had a tremendous attitude. He had a great day (Tuesday)."

If he plays well, Korn could see a series or two more than what's being planned. For now, playing time is going to be based on gut and instinct.

"We do have a starter, we've got to make sure we keep our rhythm," Swinney said. "We've got to make sure we pick our spots with Willy and be smart about."

Korn will play early and "hopefully" get some more chances as the game goes along. Top Stories