Monday practice report

The Clemson football team returned to practice Monday after a 10 day hiatus for spring break and the good news is everybody made it back in one piece.

And with Monday's practice now in the books, the Tigers have officially 11 more to go, including the first scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday.

"The guys came back out of their break going about their business," head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters after practice. "They were very business-like and knew it was time to go to work. I thought that showed last night when everybody showed back up here, and we had a good meeting, and that carried over into today."

Swinney spoke more about what he saw on both sides of the ball Monday.

"I thought today defensively, when we got our hands on the ball, we caught it. That's a real key," he said. "We were third in the nation in interceptions last year. We had our hands on a few other balls that we didn't hang on to. That's one of our points of emphasis. When we touch it, let's come up with it.

"Offensively, after four practices it's pretty obvious - and I'm real pleased, that our wide-outs are getting better. That whole group is really improving. They really are."

Swinney also spoke more about two of the standout performers so far this spring in Dwayne Allen and Kyle Parker.

Allen, now a sophomore, steps in for first-team All-ACC tight end Michael Palmer, who is now hoping to catch on with a team in the NFL.

"I'm noticing him for the right things," Swinney said of Allen. "That's good. He's a very talented guy."

And of course, Parker, has been working out with the football and baseball teams, as expected.

"KP looked sharp today," Swinney said. "He made some really nice throws. Overall I'm really pleased with him. He's getting in his installation. He's obviously paying attention.

"He's not missing checks. He's checking protections. You want a veteran guy to do that. And another thing, he's been out there and asserted himself as a leader. I'm real pleased with what I've seen from him."

Clemson returns to practice Wednesday afternoon at 2:20 in another practice that is open to the public.

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