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Swinney says Georgia loss a learning experience


  by - Staff Writer - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:12 PM
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CLEMSON – Saturday’s game against Georgia obviously didn’t turn out the way Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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wanted, but he hopes at the end of the season he can look back on it and say that his team learned and got better from the experience of playing between the hedges.

Swinney told the media during his Tuesday press conference that he addressed the loss, as well as the reason’s for the loss during the Monday team meeting and all eyes are now on South Carolina State.

“Obviously coming off a disappointing loss from this past weekend,” Swinney said Tuesday in the WestZone. “We had a chance to steal one on the road and didn't get it done. A lot to improve on. Some positives to build on as well. Excited to get back to the Valley this weekend. We get seven of these a year. It's special. I'm excited about getting in the Valley and do what we do with he Clemson faithful.

“S.C. State is another good team this year. Coach (Buddy) Pough has done a great job with just the consistency in their performances over the years. Last year they had a veteran defense and this year they have a lot of veterans on offense.”

With Georgia in the rearview mirror, Swinney wants his team to focus on getting better from week one to week two.

“The big thing for us is to work on Clemson,” Swinney said. “It is good to have some game film to work off of. We can learn, correct and stay confident and make sure the commitment is reaffirmed in a few guys. My objective is to see us get better as a football team this week and I expect that we will. All good teams after a loss, they refocus and get better.

“Obviously wish we would have won the game the other night. We had our chances but too many mistakes against a really good football team in their house. If we improve and mature and grow in what we are capable of doing, and that's my challenge to the team this week.”

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Injury report

“Health-wise we are in good shape. Worst injury we had was in pre-game with Sam CooperSam Cooper
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. He thought he was hit with the football. But he broke his fibula. But we are encouraged with his prognosis and happy we will get him back in the short-term. Other than that, we cam through the game pretty good health-wise. ”

On the return of David BeasleyDavid Beasley
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and Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
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“They've done nothing to not be considered two of our best players. They just weren't able to play in that game. We prepared for the season, not just one game. We'll plug them right back in there and get going. Today and tomorrow are critical from a practice standpoint. I loved their energy and effort. But there are consequences for your actions. They have been great since the spring. Gone above and beyond.”

On Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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Alpharetta, GA

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’s job as starting kicker

“It's still his job. It's one miss. I wish he would have made it. He's 0-for-1. I'm not going to fire him for that. If he's 0-for-a while then we've got issues. He'll get better this week. It was a big kick. It was a big one. We had some young guys on there that we've got to coach them. Sometimes you learn the most from pain. Usually the biggest growth and opportunity comes from a little pain and suffering.”

On the lack of use of the tight ends in the Georgia game

“I didn't think they struggled off the line. But we didn't get them involved the way we wanted to. First half we wanted to run the football and that's what we did. Execution was great with the exception of the two drops we had which killed two drives. But to say they struggled off the line was not accurate.”

On not looking ahead to Florida St.

“Better get dialed in or they will get beat this week. Nobody is talking around here about Florida State. You may be but we aren't. You have to earn it. You have to deserve it. I want to see our football team earn and deserve to win. Every game is huge. Always cracks me up when we try to create the mentality of one game is bigger than the other. If you don't believe that, come stand behind this podium and lose one of them.”

You won handily last year, but is there anything that could be more challenging this year from this S.C. State team?
Swinney: They are a good team. We had some scores on defense (last year). When you score on defense that's a big factor. We got on them early and all three phases came together. That's what I want to see this year. All three phases improve. I don't care what the score is. I just want to find a way to get better and I want to win. We recruited a few of those guys that are really good players. No. 10 freshman on defense- Leonard- Anthony WatersAnthony Waters
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' little brother. He's a guy we probably would have recruited five years ago. But it's about us and the standard that we set.

Will David [Beasley] and Corey [Crawford] automatically get their starting spots back?
Swinney: They've done nothing to not be considered two of our best players. They just weren't able to play in that game. We prepared for the season, not just one game. We'll plug them right back in there and get going. Today and tomorrow are critical from a practice standpoint. I loved their energy and effort. But there are consequences for your actions. They have been great since the spring. Gone above and beyond.

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Clemson has never lost to an FBS team
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