Coach Dabo Swinney described Clemson's Thursday practice as a "crisp team Thursday".
"It's about everybody coming together as a team and being crisp and focused in practice," he said. "That was an outstanding practice."
Before the start of practice, Swinney told the Tigers it needed to be a crisp one.
"Brandon Maye said it best—I couldn't say it any better. He said, ‘It doesn't get any crisper than that.' It was a really, really good practice," he said.
It's a good thing too. As the day-long Xavier Dye is he or isn't he situation played out over message boards and radio waves, it could have kept Thursday's practice from running smoothly in his return after missing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Though he asked for his release to transfer and later decided against it, Swinney was happy to get things back to normal with Dye 100 percent sure he wanted to be at Clemson.
Swinney could sympathize with the player that he calls one of his favorites on the team.
"We've all been young. A lot of times, especially with young people, when things don't go really the way you want them and hoped…sometimes you have a lot of emotions involved in that and you make some rash decisions," he said. "I think that was the case.
"Even Brett Favre has a hard time figuring out what he wants to do."
Dye will not play on Saturday and will not be travelling with the team. At practice on Thursday, he was on the scout team. On Monday, he'll get his chance to start working back towards where he was before missing two practices.
No matter the circumstance, the feelings Swinney has for Dye won't change.
"I love Xavier Dye whether he catches three touchdowns or drops three touchdowns," Swinney said. "I want him to graduate, be a good husband and I want him to be a good citizen. I want him to be successful in life."
This isn't the first time a player has requested a release mid-season during Swinney's years as a coach.
He credits the word getting out to the "day we live in."
"There are not many secrets anymore," Swinney said.
"I'm glad that he decided to stick it out. I think this team is going to need him through the season."
The schedule for "Focus Friday" includes team and senior meetings, game preparations on the field, a bus trip to the hotel in Anderson, a movie, one last meeting and bedtime.
Thursday practice report
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