Tigers move indoors Wednesday

CLEMSON - Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney held practice indoors again on Wednesday because of rain.

The defense went to work in the indoor track facility for an hour before the offense took to the facility.

"We had really good work but it was disappointing because I would have liked to have gotten back out one more day," Swinney said. "On a normal week it probably would have been a little bit of a bigger deal for me."

The practice was the sixth Clemson has had in preparation for Saturday's game against Wake Forest.

Swinney said the defense's portion of the practice had good intensity and tempo. The team was brought together for announcements after the defense finished. Following announcements, the team went into special teams work. At the end of that period, the offense went to practice and the defense headed to the meeting rooms.

What's missing in the split practices are the good on good repetitions that Swinney really appreciates. But he doesn't want to compromise anyone by having those repetitions inside.

"I'm not real confident doing that inside," he said. "We can go against the scout teams and have pretty good tempo. As far as cutting the guys loose, it's not a great environment for that. But we got really good work out of it."

Swinney said Clemson's gap scheme running plays haven't been good against Wake Forest in the past—the best plays have been zone-type. It's about being disciplined on offense when facing the Demon Deacon defense.

He said the scout team has done a good job at trying to simulate Wake Forest's defense though it's not an easy task.

"It's one gap movement. They're not penetrators. They run, everything is run down the line," Swinney said. "They do a good job of fitting everything with the linebackers, with the secondary. You've got to execute well. It's a hat on a hat and you have to finish blocks."

After a good six practices, Swinney told the team that if they play like they've practiced then they would be in pretty good shape.

Dalton Freeman is expected to start at center with Mason Cloy serving as the primary backup. Cloy could play some guard too, either right or left.

Swinney said C.J. Spiller has looked good this week. The bye week last week was very beneficial.

"He's been able to do everything in practice," Swinney said.

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