What We Heard From Dabo Swinney After Clemson’s Second Scrimmage

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney came out of the Tigers’ second full scrimmage of fall camp with the final opportunity to prepare his team in a game-like setting.

“Big day for a lot of guys,” Swinney said Wednesday. “We held some guys, some guys got a few reps, some we held completely. We’ve got a lot of guys we’re trying to evaluate. I saw a lot of good things.”

The Tigers are less than three weeks away from opening up the season on Sept. 4 at Duke, so this final scrimmage will be valuable in determining who will help the team.

Here’s what else Swinney had to say about Wednesday’s scrimmage:

  • Swinney said Clemson went first team vs. second team most of the scrimmage, and the second teams have appeared to him to have closed the gap with the first teams. “This scrimmage I saw some guys make some strides and show that they belong.”
  • Clemson worked a variety of areas during the scrimmage, including special teams, two-minute drives, overtime situations and one-play situations. “An opportunity to teach today.”
  • Swinney said the team will “break camp mode” after Thursday and get a couple of days off to recharge.
  • Opponent prep will begin Monday. “We’ve gotten a lot done and I like where we are.”
  • Star linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was one of several veterans who didn’t participate in the scrimmage. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury, but it’s not serious and if the Tigers had a game this week, Trotter would play.
  • Freshman defensive lineman Vic Burley suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for the first few weeks of the season but it won’t shut him down for the year.
  • Swinney said QB Cade Klubnik does a great job bouncing back from mistakes, like turnovers, much in the way Deshaun Watson did when he was at Clemson. “It’s in his natural DNA.”

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