OVERALL THOUGHTS ON WEDNESDAY: It was a good day, beautiful weather, an absolute great day for football. Both sides of the ball, I thought the first groups did some good things. We really ran hard. Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington just continue to impress me when they're running the football. They are both very physical guys. Jamie has improved drastically, as far as really being a disciplined runner. It's the same type of improvement that C.J. (Spiller) made from his sophomore year to his junior year. They both came out of wing-T-type systems. Jamie understands what he's doing now. Both quarterbacks looked good. Kyle (Parker) just comes out there, he hasn't even really warmed up and he just throws a strike down the middle for a touchdown.
I thought this might have been Tajh Boyd's best day in the spring, which is a good thing. I acknowledge in front of the team today. It's the ninth practice. It's really encouraging to see he's getting better. He did an excellent job with the two-minute drill today. He really struggled with it when we did it last Friday. He came back today and really did a good job. He made more plays. He just looked a lot more poised and a lot more comfortable. He's making a lot of mistakes. I sat in there and watched the film this morning. He's getting corrected on some things and he came out and fixed it today. That's really what you want to see. I'm real pleased with the first group, offensive line-wise. That group is going to be a pretty solid bunch, same thing on the defensive side.
REMINDERS FROM DABO: We've got our youth day this Saturday. That's for all kids that are rising seventh graders and below to come to camp. It's a great way for us to promote our camp. It's free. The kids will have free pizza, so hopefully they'll come out and get to see the West End Zone, get to be on the field with our players. We'll give them some time for autographs. I also want to remind everybody about the All In Ball, next Friday night, April 9. I'm excited about that. It's at dabosallinteam.com. I think there are still a few tickets left. The last thing is our spring game. It's a 4 o'clock kickoff. We're really trying to do something to break the attendance record. We'd like to have a great crowd. It's on TV all summer. We're going to have a lot of recruits here. Let's show up and come enjoy a great day in Clemson. There's going to be a lot of things going on, not just the football game.
We're going to have a lot of former players back that are going to have a flag football game before ours. We're going to have some punt, pass and kick contests at halftime. I think it'll be a great day. Hopefully, everybody will come out and see Tajh Boyd and Kyle Parker.
ON XAVIER DYE: He's had a good spring, he really has. He made a couple of big plays in the scrimmage. He's got a little cast on one hand. He rolled his ankle. He's been limited the last couple of days. He's had a good spring, been very consistent. He had some success last year. Sure, he's a guy we're counting on. There are going to be several guys that are going to fill the void that we're going to have to count on. Brandon Clear, he's had an excellent spring. Hopefully, he's ready to also step up. There's five or six guys out there that I think are going to be a pleasant surprise for people.
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