Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said his team was running on adrenaline in practice on Sunday and Monday following the big win over Louisville on Saturday night.
As a result, Swinney said, the third-ranked Tigers were a little sluggish in practice on Tuesday.
But in practice on Wednesday, Clemson rebounded and was dialed in. It was the last practice before the team leaves for Boston College on Thursday.
“I think we were all running on adrenaline Sunday and Monday, and yesterday it kind of caught up with us a little bit,” Swinney said. “So, really challenged the guys to get some rest and challenged the coaches to try and get a little more rest because they haven’t had a day off. You just go straight through.
“But I felt like today, they were really dialed in.”
Swinney is pleased with how his team has worked during the short week. He admitted he’s ready to get back on a normal schedule next week following the game, but first, he’s excited for it.
“We’re just anxious to go play another game,” Swinney said. “We get 12 of them. This is just six of 12, and it’s the same mentality that we try to take every week. This is the biggest game of the year, it’s a one-game season, and that’s all we’re trying to focus on.”
Bryant ready to go. Swinney announced on Tuesday that defensive end Austin Bryant, who suffered a fracture in his foot in August, will travel with the team to Boston College. He reiterated that Wednesday, saying Bryant is “ready to roll.”
“He’s been good,” Swinney said. “He’s going to travel with us. He’s ready to roll.”
Williams ahead of schedule. Linebacker Jalen Williams, who sprained his MCL at Georgia Tech, is ahead of schedule in his rehab, according to Swinney.
In fact, Williams has been in Swinney’s ear about playing next week against N.C. State. While Swinney doesn’t know yet whether that will be the case, of course, he noted that Williams is progressing nicely.
“He’s actually a little ahead of what I thought he would be,” Swinney said. “He’s coming and telling me every day that he’s playing against N.C. State. I don’t know, but that’s his mindset, which is good.
“I think he’s really grinding through the rehab part of it and feeling more and more confident each and every day. So, I think he’s doing really well.”
No knee to worry. If you recall, in the fourth quarter of the Louisville game, a Louisville defender landed on Deshaun Watson’s right knee, causing it to turn a little.
Watson was attended to on the sideline after the play but came back out and finished the game with no issues. Swinney provided an update on Watson’s knee Wednesday.
“Yeah, he’s fine,” Swinney said. “He just got tackled. No big deal.”
Swinney A-OK with ACC’s decision. On Wednesday, the ACC announced that it will stay with an eight-game conference schedule for football. The ACC’s athletic directors voted to continue playing an eight-game league schedule with at least one Power Five non-conference game.
Swinney, who has voiced his opinion favoring the eight-game format, reacted to the news.
“I haven’t even heard that. I think it’s great,” Swinney said. “To me, that makes the most sense for us right now, where we are. I guess anything can happen in the future, but I definitely think that’s the best route.”