Ironing out the details
Coach Dabo Swinney may have shown the Tigers' hand somewhat when asked if Clemson would be thrown off not having the first play of the game go to a true freshman.
"I kind of like 28 (CJ Spiller). He's a pretty good option on the first play," he said.
POSITION POINTS: Swinney said the first four wide receivers for Saturday against Middle Tennessee are Jacoby Ford, Terrance Ashe, Xavier Dye and Marquan Jones.
Corey Lambert's is still slated to start ahead of Landon Walker at right tackle. Swinney said he believes both will play "significantly" on Saturday.
"Whether that's 50/50, all of that's going to depend on how they play when we get into the game," he said.
Though Kevin Alexander nor Scotty Cooper won't be used much at SAM linebacker because of Middle Tennessee's spread offense, Swinney pointed out Alexander's versatility. He'll see the field at both end positions too.
The personnel Middle Tennessee plays will dictate who from Clemson's defense sees the field.
"(Middle Tennessee) is not a conventional team. You'll see a lot of DBs during the ball game," Swinney said. "I don't know how much regular personnel we'll have in the game.
AFTER SATURDAY: With a short turnover to get ready for Georgia Tech, Clemson will go right back to work to prepare for the Thursday night matchup.
"We've got a good plan for turnover. That's something, obviously, you have to prepare for," Swinney said.
When the game is over Saturday night, coaches will get back to work on Sunday.
"Early," Swinney said with a smile.
LAST INJURY UPDATE: Reserve SAM linebacker Daniel Andrews is questionable for Saturday because of a hamstring injury. He's a starter on a few special teams.
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