Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney believes Maryland is a much better football team than its 1-3 record would indicate.
Overall the Terps have given up 61 points off of turnovers, an unfamiliar trait of Ralph Friedgen coached teams, Swinney said after Wednesday's practice.
"Uncharacteristically, they've had more penalties and turnovers than they normally do. I'm sure that's extremely frustrating to Coach Friedgen," he said.
Friedgen described as a work in progress during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches' Wednesday morning teleconference. Swinney and the Clemson coaches know the series among the Atlantic Division rivals has been tight over the past few years.
The philosophy to beat Maryland this year is simple: score with a field goal or touchdown and make the Terrapin offense go 80 yards on the ensuing possession.
"That and stop the run. If we can do that, then we'll have a chance to beat these guys," Swinney said.
Whether Clemson will need Chris Hairston to beat Maryland remains to be seen. He did practice with a green jersey again on Wednesday. Although Swinney said Hairston is questionable for Saturday, he did mention that he wouldn't have played much today if there was a game.
Miguel Chavis was also in a green jersey today with a spasm from Tuesday but should be OK, Swinney said.
Jaron Brown continues to work with the first group and continues to emerge at wide receiver during practice. Swinney said he'll continue to get looks on Saturdays and that could be the case this weekend.
"We haven't had a bad practice. Today, we were really focused. We threw and caught the ball extremely well," he said. "(Xavier) Dye is emerging a little bit. He's showing why he was a starter. He's practicing better. He was a starter for a reason."
Swinney said opportunities for other wide receivers to make plays have been limited.
"That's been more design, getting it to the playmakers, guys that we know that can butter the bread," he said. "We have to continue to develop those other guys and give them opportunities to grow."
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