Thursday practice report

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney met with the media one last time Thursday before Saturday's game against No. 15 TCU.

Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said Chris Hairston and his sprained MCL aren't game ready.

But it is only Thursday.

"We don't play until 3:32 on Saturday. Every minute counts," Swinney said. "It's something that is just going to keep getting better by the hour."

Hairston remains a game-time decision. The decision whether he plays or not will be up to him and the team's doctors.

"The doctors will know if it's safe or not. We're not going to put him out there if it's not in the best interest of him to play," Swinney said. He mentioned the flu situation has improved too.

"Hopefully we won't have any break out between now and Saturday," he said.

Between the injury and the flu outbreak, the one of the most glaring concerns on the field has been red zone touchdowns. Along with this week's work, Swinney said the offense has looked good during practice in prior weeks.

He's had a hard time finding a weakness in Texas Christian. Along with a stable coaching staff, he believes they're a legitimate top 10 or 15 team.

"The quarterback is a veteran, three-year starter," Swinney said. "They have good backs, good skill, and veteran guys up front. They're returning a top defense in the country and they're good players.

"Even the guys that are new starters played a lot. They're as good a team as we've played and certainly the best team we've played this year. They're very complete."

Offensively, he believes the Horned Frogs and Tigers look a lot alike, in terms of philosophy.

"I wouldn't say they're a high risk offense," Swinney said. "They'll take some shots when they're there. They're going to play to that defense."

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