By Trey McCurry.
As the Tigers prepare for their game with Presbyterian on Saturday, second-year head coach Dabo Swinney took time after practice to meet with the media on Wednesday.
“We had have good practices this week, both yesterday and today,” said Swinney. “We have had good intensity from our scout teams and that has been good to see. Those guys bring a lot of energy to practice when they are really working hard.”
One of the major things Swinney talked about was injuries to three key defensive players – Miguel Chavis, Jarvis Jenkins, and Brandon Maye.
“Miguel looks good and I would say as of today his is probable. Jarvis felt a lot better today, ran well, and even ran sprints at the end of practice. We will talk more about him in the morning, but at this point we are just going to be cautious with him this week,” said Swinney.
Maye, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last Wednesday, is doubtful to play Saturday agains the Blue Hose.
“I would be shocked if he wasn’t 100% next week against Auburn. He just hasn’t been able to practice like he needs to the past two days,” said Swinney.
One thing the Tigers can look for with Maye’s absence is the play of Tig Williard at linebacker.
“Tig did not play as well Saturday as he has practiced. He just really hadn’t been there before with that many reps. Hopefully he will be a little more at ease and play like he is capable of Saturday,” said Swinney.
Swinney closed by dispelling the notion that Saturday’s game with Presbyterian, who are on a 15-game losing streak, is just a extra week of practice leading up to next week’s matchup at nationally-ranked Auburn.
“If you looked past an opponent, you would get embarrassed real quick. You have to prepare for an opponent even if you are physically better or have more talented players. You better prepare because the have good coaches, guys with pride, and they will line up and play hard. You have to prepare every week the same regardless of who you are playing,” said Swinney.