Dabo Swinney met with the media following Wednesday’s practice at the just outside the practice fields. The big news exiting practice was the injury to new starting wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
“He (Hopkins) went up and caught a pass in skeleton. I don’t know what the deal is right now. They took him off and are going to check him out. Hopefully it is not anything serious. I’m not sure of the extent right now and I won’t know more until the results get back,” said Swinney. “He was having a hard time breathing, I’m not sure if it was a muscle spasm or a rib. He caught a ball and came down funny. They took him just to check him out and see what it might be.”
The injury, if serious, could be a potential big blow to a wide receiving core that has been looking for someone to step up all season. In his first career start last weekend at North Carolina, Hopkins caught seven passes (the most receptions in a game by a freshman Tiger since 2005) for 46 yards as well as a key 31-yard punt return to set up Clemson touchdown.
As for the rest of practice, Swinney said it was a good day.
“It’s been a good three days. The attitude has been good. It’s been good enthusiasm. This bunch practices the right way. We just have to carry it over to the field on Saturdays and make those three or four plays that have been costing us. I like what I see out of the leaders on this team and how they assert themselves. They started Monday morning at 6:30 and its carried over all week.”
Some good injury news out of practice was the continued progress of David Smith. Smith, who was injured at the end of the Auburn game, has missed the last two games. “He has practiced with the ones every rep this week. He’s looked good.”
The Tigers wrap up the practice week tomorrow before welcoming the Terps on Saturday at noon.
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