By Trey McCurry.
Clemson wrapped up its 2010 pre-season camp Tuesday night with a half practice/half scrimmage. Beginning Wednesday, the Tigers will start preparing for the September 4 season opener versus North Texas.
“I am glad to turn the page. We had a good camp and finished with a good practice today,” said the Tigers second year head coach. “The guys had good intensity and the defense was very focused. It was a good half scrimmage with full-speed tackling and hitting, the last time we will do that before the first game.”
Swinney also gave a slight look into the schedule leading up to the opener versus North Texas.
“We’re all tired of looking at each other and it’s now time to dust off the scouting reports and focus on the Mean Green. The rest of the week will gear up to our mock game Saturday and then we will finally be to a game week,” said Swinney.
Swinney also gave a little more insight into who may red-shirt and who has a chance to play from this year’s freshman class.
“I think for sure DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Parker will be ready to play. I also think Martin Jenkins will play. The staff feels really good about him. He is very, very focused for a freshman,” said Swinney.
Swinney also mentioned several players that the staff considered “bubble” guys. Among the players mentioned on that list were: Kalon Davis, Vic Beasley, Bashaud Breeland, and Darius Robinson.
Swinney also spoke about a couple of players on special teams.
“Gilchrist has a pretty good return average with the opportunities he has had. His only problem was he came here when Spiller did and he has had to wait his turn. He is very excited about being our return guy and he will do very well in that role,” said Swinney.
Another person Swinney praised was junior Dawson Zimmerman.
“He has been a practice All-American since he’s been here, but he has just been solid all camp. Now I’m ready to see it on the field,” said Swinney.