By Trey McCurry.
Clemson held its last practice until game week Thursday evening.
“It was a good practice, better than yesterday, “ said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “We worked in shells and got a lot of reps in today. It was a really good tempo and a good workman-like practice on both sides of the ball.”
Tank Black, a former sports agent, spoke to the team before practice as part of Coach Swinney’s agent education. He stressed that this isn’t due to recent issues with other schools, but part of a continuing effort by the staff to keep players informed about issues that are out there.
Swinney talked some about his tight ends and how good he feels about them going into the season. “Dwayne Allen and Chad Diehl are proven commodities that we are really excited about. Diehl has become a more complete player and Allen has just positioned himself to have some kind of year.”
Swinney was also complementary about Drew Traylor, Darrell Smith, and Kasey Nobles. Swinney did note that as of right now, it looks as if Sam Cooper and Vic Beasley will be red-shirted for this season.
Swinney again closed with praises for Chandler Catanzaro. “He has been dialed in and focused and answered the call routinely. He has a real cool demeanor and you never really see him get raddled.” Swinney also noted that “Catman” hadn’t missed a kick all week and basically said his range from about 45-48 yards and in.
Tomorrow the Tigers will hold the annual Beenie Bowl at Memorial Stadium. During this time, they will work on any and all types of game day situations, including the pre-game routine. After meetings Saturday, the team will have Sunday off before beginning the normal season practice schedule with a Monday evening practice.