Thursday Practice Report and Audio

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney discusses Thursday's practice session.


Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney was approached by a pair of students who asked if he'd mind if the student body would link arms, much like the way players do at the top of the hill before games.

In his opinion, that's what being ‘All In' is all about.

"It shows some unity. That's a pretty neat gesture by the student body," Swinney said. "That's getting all in right there. That's taking ownership--what we talk to our team about--taking ownership of their position.

"I love to see the students take ownership like that too. That's a great thing."

Though Swinney admits emotion is apart of the game, he said it doesn't determine who wins the game. All week, he and his players have been saying, ‘the most excited team won't win.'

"It's nice when you have a loud crowd to motivate you and add to your energy level," Swinney said.

On Thursday morning, he heard from reps in the ticket office that about 5,000 tickets remain for Saturday's nationally televised game against Florida State.

"I think it's going to be close (to a sell-out)," Swinney said.

The Tigers wrapped up practice early on Thursday, finishing repetitions early before the end of the final period.

"They were really getting into it on both sides of the ball and on special teams," Swinney said.

Mason Cloy has seen the same number of repetition between center, left and right guard during practice this week. Swinney isn't sure where Cloy will see the most playing time on Saturday, but he'll play all three.

David Smith has worked at both the left and right tackle spots. Swinney wouldn't say if Smith is the backup left tackle.

"He's worked both and done well. I'd say that he's our third tackle right there," Swinney said. "But we still need Cory (Lambert)."

C.J. Spiller has been a "full go" during practice this week, unlike previous weeks when he's been limited in the earlier days.

Against a struggling Florida State secondary, Kyle Parker could have another outing like 300+ yards he threw for against Miami.

In Swinney's eyes, Parker has improved several of his mechanics through the first eight games this season.

"He's doing a good job of looking off the safety, nodding the guy and play action," Swinney said. "He's doing a good job of really carrying the fake out. Eyes on the target, the ball is going to go where my eyes go--really zoning in on where you want to throw the ball, target the ball--all those things like that." Top Stories