Two-a-days underway

CLEMSON – The first two-a-day practice is in the books and CUTigers was on hand afterwards for the press conference with head coach Dabo Swinney.

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MARQUAN JONES AND JARON BROWN: You picked out two good ones to ask about today. They both had really good practices. I think all those guys in the core are competing well. Today, in particular, I thought (Brandon) Clear, Marquan, Jaron and Bryce McNeal really kind of caught my eye. All of those guys did a really good job in green zone, red zone situations.

HELP WANTED: That's what happens. You've got guys that move on. It's like running back. Guys move on and the next guy's got to step up. At the receiver, unless you're one of those first couple of guys, you don't get a lot of opportunities until it's your time. We've got some guys that have worked really hard that are ready for an opportunity. I think they'll take advantage of it. We'll have a really good group. I'm excited about what I've seen on the practice field. I think we're putting them in the right spot. They all know the depth chart isn't settled. It's a fun bunch to coach and watch right now.

PASSING OF BOWERS' FATHER: It's a very difficult situation. It's a tough time for Da'Quan and his family. I had a chance to fly down there and be with his family last night, for a little bit. He's 20 years old. He's very close with his dad. They had a wonderful relationship. It's a difficult time. We're just trying to be very supportive of Da'Quan and his family. His teammates have done a very good job of reaching out. We've got several kids on our team that have lost a parent, as well. They've reached out to try to help Da'Quan, too. It's going to be a tough week, there's no doubt about it. I'm not sure what the situations are. You lose a parent, it's tough. It doesn't matter how old you are or how old they are. We all should be thankful, for those of us who still have our parents alive, they we can still pick up the phone and call or write. It's a good perspective thing for our team, to appreciate their time while they have it. It's very fleeting, this time we have on Earth.

ADVICE FROM DABO TO DA'QUAN: I talked to him about getting some rest and trying to hang onto the good things. He did have a good, really unique opportunity. He called me Saturday night, late to say they had to take his father to the hospital in Augusta and he was going there. He actually got to spend the whole night in the hospital with him, just the two of them. They just talked all night. They thought he was fine and the next morning he passed away. That was a special time for Da'Quan. I'm glad he had that opportunity with his dad. He was doing OK last night. He's going to need a lot of support. The biggest thing is to lean on your family. He's got a lot of people that care about him.

OFFENSIVE LINE: This time last year, we were trying to figure out who three, four and five were. Now, we're focused on seven, eight and nine. That's because we have a smarter, tougher, more confident group up front. They really like each other. They're close. They have a lot of pride in their job. They're not perfect and they never will be. We're going to work them hard to being a strength of our offense. They're well on their way to doing that.

TUESDAY'S SCRIMMAGE: Just get everybody off the field for the first time. Everything has been more situational. Today, we did red zone, green zone, we've done short yardage and normal down-type stuff. Tomorrow, you get off the field, you're not working blitz periods, you're night working situational, you just play. Just want to get the coaches off the field, see who can process the information, make the right calls, communicate properly on both sides of the ball. We'll come out of this first scrimmage, grade it and see who's ready to take another step toward being game ready.

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