Clemson Fall Camp Report: Day 3 Practice Observations

CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers returned to the practice field for the third time of fall camp to get in an indoor workout on Monday.

Dabo Swinney’s squad got after it after having Sunday off, and they’re still in the acclimation phase, so no pads or shells have been worn yet. 

There was still plenty to view during the first five periods of media availability. Here are some observations:

  • On the injury front, receivers Brannon Spector and Troy Stellato, and cornerback Myles Oliver were in yellow (non-contact) jerseys, and defensive lineman Stephiylan Green and Jeadyn Lukus wearing green (limited). Tré Williams, who was in yellow on Friday, was not seen during the media portion of practice. 
  • Clemson went 11-on-11 during the third period. The starting group was as expected: QB Cade Klubnik, RB Will Shipley, WR Antonio Williams, WR Beaux Collins, WR Adam Randall, TE Jake Briningstool, LT Tristan Leigh, LG Marcus Tate, C Will Putnam, RG Walker Parks, and RT Blake Miller. 
  • Those three starting receivers all very much look the part and have separated themselves from the next group. Williams, Collins and Randall all seemed to be more comfortable with the drills and made even the tough plays seem routine. There seems to be a sense of urgency among that trio. 
  • That said, Williams got free on a deep route and tried to make a tough one-handed grab in open space, but he wasn’t able to connect on the Klubnik throw. It was the only down-field attempt by the first team during the period. 
  • The first-team defense was also as expected, with DE Xavier Thomas, DT Ruke Orhorhoro, DT Tyler Davis, DE Justin Mascoll making up the front four. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and Barrett Carter were the starting LBs while Andrew Mukuba lined up at nickel with Sheridan Jones and Nate Wiggins at cornerback and R.J. Mickens and Jalyn Phillips.
  • The second-team defense featured several players rotating in and out, including DT Peter Woods, DT Payton Page, LB Wade Woodaz, CB Shelton Lewis, CB Toriano Pride, DT DeMonte Capehart and S Khalil Barnes. 
  • DE Jahiem Lawson made a nice move while running with the third team to get pressure on QB Paul Tyson and stop a play. 
  • Both kickers, Robert Gunn and Quinn Castner, made all three of their field-goal attempts during early special teams drills. The longest for the pair were 37-yarders. 
  • Will Shipley, Tyler Brown, Antonio Williams and Clay Swinney worked as punt returners.
  • There were several NFL scouts in attendance at practice, including scouts from the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams.

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