By Trey McCurry.
Clemson continued to prepare for its September 4 opener against North Texas Friday with a two hour practice Friday evening at the Jervey practice fields.
Coach Swinney was in a much better mood today than after yesterday’s practice.
“We were much better today on both sides of the ball, and is a good thing that we were. After yesterday’s poor performance I was looking for improvement and I saw it. There was a lot more energy. Maybe it was the music we played at the beginning of practice during stretching,” said Swinney.
The second year head coach talked about how practice was set up this fall and some of the work the team is getting accomplished so far this camp.
“We have some extra days built in to the preseason the way the academic calendar falls. We are installing some things during these three days that we will see over the course of the season. It is a good time to work so that when we are in the middle of the season, we will have some recall,” said Swinney.
Another point of emphasis in his post-practice talk was the way the team takes reps and how Clemson has several periods of “good versus good (or ones versus ones),” as Swinney likes to call it.
“It would be hard to get more competitive reps than what we get. We do a lot of work with that. It is what we feel like makes us better. Once you get into the season that gets more limited, but we still end every practice with some good on good for at least a period,” said Swinney.
Dabo closed by talking about how the team, and coaches, are ready for the season to get here.
“It is getting closer so that you can almost smell it. We took a break in the middle of practice and you could hear the band practicing. That gets you excited for the season,” said Swinney.
The Tigers will practice Saturday morning before taking a break for Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.