By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- Redshirt senior Philip Price has had to prove himself early to Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff, as he continues to fight for the open position at left tackle. Although Price impressed the coaches during spring practice and has continued to impress them throughout the first three days of fall camp, Price believes that there’s still room for improvement and will continue to strive to be the best and earn the starting spot.
“Our practice environment is very relaxed right now,” Price said. “We’re going fast with no pads, going as fast as we can but we’re still getting a lot done and are able to correct any mistakes that we make.”
Price, currently weighing in at 310 feels like he’d be comfortable playing at that weight once the season begins.
“I’m a little bit heavier than I was in the spring but that’s what happens when you work out during the summer with Coach Batson.”
What does first year offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell challenge Price to improve on?
“Everything,” Price said “You’ve got to be the best, everything else is unacceptable and that goes for everybody.”
Technique-wise, Price sees no difference in how Coach Caldwell and other offensive line coaches teach him to play.
“Like any other offensive line coach, he wants low pads, hands inside,” Price said. “It’s the same thing Coach Scott wanted us to, he wants us to fly off the ball and go fast.”
When Price was asked what his goal was for the season, the answer was a simple one, just to win football games.
“I don’t want to give up any sacks, have a lot of knockdowns,” Price said. “But I want to win more than anything, if it comes down to me not having any sacks, no knockdowns, but we won the football game, wouldn’t care, it doesn’t matter to me I just want to win games.”
Price believes his biggest improvement over the last year is that he’s learning to use his athleticism smartly.
“Every day is a learning experience for me,” Price said. “I’m athletic but it’s about using athleticism in a smart way, you can’t just go out there and be willy nilly all over the place, you need to be able to contain yourself and I’ve been learning how to do that.”
Although Price, who has been doing all of his reps at left tackle with the first team, he still is aware that several other players are fighting it out for the position. TCI readers who do you think will make the biggest push during fall camp to compete with Price for the starting job?