CUTigersTV: Dabo Swinney

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney talks about the first day of practice with the media.

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CUTigersTV: Dabo Swinney



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OPENING STATEMENT: It's very obvious we've had a lot of guys that worked hard throughout the offseason. Guys look more confident than they did in the spring. A guy like Tajh Boyd for example, man he's impressive. He had a ways to go this spring but it's very obvious he's worked hard this summer. He looked way more confident and much more poised and that was really good to see. Really proud of the team because we were able to install more with less busts today. That's a sign of being a little more smarter football team than we were this time last year.

ON KYLE PARKER BEING BACK: Looked like K.P. Made some classic K.P. throws. He looked good. The thing that is impressive about him is how he can recall things mentally. He doesn't make many mistakes. Picked up right where he left off last spring. ... He just seems refreshed and happy to be playing football. It's been great having him back around.

"You have to earn your playing time. You earn your paw. You earn your right to play for a championship. Nobody is going to give you anything. There's no shortcuts. There's no microwave throw the bag in there and pop the popcorn. "

THOUGHTS ON DEANDRE HOPKINS: It's too early. I will say this. They (the freshman class) are an impressive group physically. Lot of guys that have a lot to learn ... but with Hopkins, it's pretty obvious he has a lot to learn but he's got mitts on him. He can catch the football. It's a very natural thing. I'm going to get to see what a guy with hands like I had with a little better speed and feet look like. I told him I haven't seen anybody catch a ball like that since old No. 88 was out there.

HOW FAST DOES THE PRESEASON GO? A year goes by in a hurry. Now you are talking about three or four weeks to really get a football team ready - it may sound like a long time but it goes in a hurry. We've got an awful lot to cover but we have a great plan. It's a process. You take it one day at a time and make sure you stay on task and get your job done that day.

ON DEPENDING ON LEADERS: We want to commit to championship caliber in everything we do. You practice with a purpose. You give great effort with technique. That's what we've talked about and learning to practice the right way. Our older group gets that. That's got to trickle down. My point to them is we got to demand it. It's self-imposed. The players have to demand it amongst themselves cause we've got to earn it. You have to earn your playing time. You earn your paw. You earn your right to play for a championship. Nobody is going to give you anything. There's no shortcuts. There's no microwave throw the bag in there and pop the popcorn. It's nothing but hard work day in and day out and then you'll have your chance but it has to be imposed by the team as well.

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