First day of full pads in the books

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney talks about Saturday's practice, the first in full pads during preseason camp.

: Probably the biggest disappoint for me was I saw some guys get a little tired and it got sloppy towards the end of practice. The majority of the guys pushed through pretty good. We had a few that I thought got a little sloppy. That was probably the biggest thing. Offensively, as I told you guys yesterday, when you put the pads on, you see things from a different perspective. We've just got to finish plays. Defensively, we had a couple of untouched touchdowns for 50 yards and nobody even got a hand on the guy. We can't give up big plays. There are going to be plays from time to time. We've got to live for another down. Somebody go make the tackle, go make the play. Let's line up and play red zone defense, goal line defense, whatever. That was probably the biggest thing I saw today. That's a little bit of the first day in full gear, the intensity ratcheted up a little bit. Overall, it was a good day. We've got some young guys that are improving a ton. Rod McDowell ran extremely hard today. He was tiptoeing through the days during the spring. He ran like a running back today. That was good to see. I think our tight ends have really taken a step forward. I can't say enough about that whole group. That's an area where we're kind of wondering who's going to step up. Everybody kind of knows what we're going to get with Dwayne (Allen) and Chad (Diehl). Darrell Smith, (Drew) Traylor and Kasey Nobles have really done some good things. The two young guys are what we thought they were. They've just got to learn. I'm really pleased with our tight ends right now.

CORICO HAWKINS: He's quarterbacking the defense very well. Justin Parker is also doing a nice job in there. Little Corico doesn't have all the measurables that you would look for, but that sucker is off the charts when it comes to the ingredients that you need for a good football player, in between the lines. He's like Tyler Grisham playing linebacker. He just gets it done, maximizes everything he's got. He's got good instincts. He's come a long way in a year. I really expect him to be a good player for us this year.

THE FIRST WEEK: I think we're on schedule. We're right where we ought to be right now after five days in this acclimation period. We'll continue to ramp it up a little bit. Hopefully we'll see it in our first scrimmage on Tuesday. Hopefully we'll see some guys earn their paws on Tuesday. I'd say we're right where we need to be.

TAJH BOYD: This spring, he got a lot of first team work. He got exposed to himself in that I'm not ready. I've got to get my butt back in that classroom and I've got to learn and study. I've got a lot to do this summer if I'm going to be a good quarterback. He's got all the tools. As a result of that, it's not like he was a backup all spring. He got a little bit, in his mind, a taste of what he needed to do. He had a great summer. It's obvious that he worked his tail off. He looks very comfortable. He's not nearly as robotic looking, when you can almost just see the wheels turning in his head. He's much more poised. In the meetings, he's sitting up, engaged, asking great questions, answering questions. He's on his way to being something special.

SHORT YARD SITUATIONS: We always do some situational-type stuff. Today was short-yardage. Everything's geared toward getting everybody ready for Tuesday. Third and two and a half, third and two, third and one and a half, third and one. If you have tie-breaker, you go another play. I thought it was a very competitive, tough hard-nosed drill. I'm anxious to watch it on film.

ON THE LEFT OF THE O-LINE: We started out with David Smith and Mason (Cloy) and rotated several different people. David got some work at guard. I'll tell you who did a good job today and I'm looking forward to watching the film, is Phillip Price. Price worked right tackle with the twos and left tackle with the ones. He really did a nice job. I'm very pleased with Phillip Price. Top Stories