By Gray Gardner.
Head coach Dabo Swinney addressed members of the media after the Tigers’ first practice of their two-a-day Wednesday morning. Swinney was pleased with what his team accomplished.
“Overall it was a good day. We worked a little bit on the passing game today with some skelly situations, did some situational stuff. We finished practice with some…good on good type situations. So that was some good work there.”
Swinney complimented both Tajh Boyd and Kyle Parker for their performance in practice, claiming that they “were throwing darts.”
“I told them whatever they ate for breakfast they need to eat that again tomorrow. I mean they were impressive and the wide outs were finishing plays and just good energy on both sides of the ball today.”
Today’s morning practice was primarily for fixing mistakes from yesterday’s scrimmage, which went about as well as Swinney expected after watching the film.
“It was better than…most first scrimmages that I’ve been around – I thought it was better. It was a good scrimmage,” Swinney said.
“A lot of guys got a chance to see a lot of things on film last night that they can correct. They’re all trying to become complete players and just understand the importance of doing their job the right way and not just understanding what they’re doing but why they’re doing it as it relates to the big picture.”
Swinney said that understanding the “why” aspect is the biggest place where the team needs to continue to grow up, but that overall the staff was pleased with the outcome of the scrimmage.
“I think we got a good foundation that we’re building and we’ll continue to grow from there. I wasn’t disappointed with any group.”
The head coach was very complimentary of the offensive line’s play thus far.
“I can’t say enough about our offensive line. That first group is really coming on. Probably the guy that has been the most pleasant surprise in fall camp has been Phillip Price. He’s a guy that is really making himself relevant and that’s good to see. We need that.”
Price isn’t the only player making his name known in fall camp. On the defensive side of the ball, Swinney said he was very pleased with linebacker Tig Willard, who he said did “some good things.”
Swinney said the focus at this point in camp is creating dependable depth at all positions.