Tigers hit stretch run before bowl

CLEMSON - Now less than a week away from the Music City Bowl, Clemson has an entire week of game planning for Kentucky in the books. (audio from Dabo Swinney is also included in this report)


Coach Dabo Swinney said this week's practices are treated like a normal game week. He said the focus on and on the field has been good since the Tigers started bowl practice last week.

"The spirit has been good at practice. It hasn't been lethargic," Swinney said.

"This is game week for us. We're kind of dialing back in. I thought we had good practice (Monday). I didn't think our backups played very well today…I thought the first groups did a good job."

Off the field, players have stayed out of trouble and there have only been "two or three" that have been late for meetings. To Swinney, those are indications that the team has good focus heading into the bowl game.

"You always worry about some kind of distraction this time of year, because nobody is here, there's a little more down time for them--that's kind of part of it too," he said.

Swinney said Tuesday's practice will be a "typical" Tuesday in pads with a team meeting following its conclusion around lunchtime.

"We'll cover some things we need to talk about, about the bowl and them travelling," Swinney said. "Most of the staff will head up that night and the team has to be (in Nashville) from 12:30-2:30 on Wednesday."

The Tigers will meet on Wednesday for segment meetings and to cover any mistakes from Tuesday's practice. Practice will be held on Wednesday and Thursday with a game preparation on Friday. Swinney isn't sure if the team will be able to head to LP Field for the game prep. If not, the Tigers will continue at Father Ryan High School.

Swinney said all practices in Tennessee will be in shells.

Players will drive themselves to the Nashville to help save on per diem money that's allowed to everyone on the team.

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