Swinney gets a "kick" out of practice this week


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Clemson is 4 for 7 on field goals attempts this year.

CLEMSON – The competition at kicker has been stiff this week during practice, and the winner of the job might just be head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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Starting kicker Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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Alpharetta, GA

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missed two field goals last weekend in Tallahassee as Clemson lost 23-17 in overtime to Florida St., and Swinney promised after the game that he would open the competition and let punter Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
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Concord, NC

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and freshman Alex SpenceAlex Spence
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#47 6-2, 190
Florence, SC

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compete for the job this week. What he didn’t mention that he would take a shot at the position.

“It's a matter of getting everyone mentally dialed in,” Swinney said after Wednesday’s practice. “I had some fun with them the other day. I've never kicked in my life and I called them all up and told them, 'Look, I'm fixing to kick a a 23-yarder right here. I'm just going to make a point to all of you guys. I'm 44.' My son was there and said what if you would've missed and I told him, 'Well, it wouldn't have gone as well.' I nailed it - toed it old school right through there. They guys loved it and went crazy. The point being is that it doesn't take a lot of talent to kick a 23 yarder. It's not talent. It's not physical. It's just mentally being in the right frame of mind.”

Swinney said it’s been a good week of competition for the kickers.

“We're having a lot of fun out there this week. It's been a lot of fun for everybody this week,” he said. “I like how they're responding. I have no idea who's going to run out there first. We have another day of practice and we'll make a decision tomorrow after practice on who's going to get the first one. I'm dressing them all. I might run Kalon (Davis) out there to kick one. I'm going to find someone who's going to go out there and do the job for us. I am really proud of Ammon. He's shown some mental toughness this week and he's responded really, really well. Pinion is champing at the bit. He's out there competing. Young Alex Spence looks like a different guy than he did during fall camp. We've got some good things going on. We'll get it all worked out.”

Swinney said he’s even played the part of the heckling fan.

“We've done some different things. Today, we lined the whole team up - offense on one side and defense on the other,” he said. “Nobody on the field but a snapper, holder and kicker and called Ammon out. He's missed three kicks and we went through all three kicks. If he missed it, it was instant consequences for the team. Everybody had to sprint over and back. I was the heckling fan. I was the one telling him his shoe was untied, his hair was messed up, hook it left. He nailed every single one of them. He was not going to run. He was going to watch the team. Just trying to have some fun and simulate some different situations.”

Swinney that Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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has had a good week of practice, and that earning the starting job hasn’t changed the freshman. He also said that senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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has had a good week.

“You don't ever notice anything different with him (Watson),” Swinney said. “The guy that I'm really proud of is Cole. He's displayed great leadership. Everybody on the team has great respect for him. He's trying to be the guy and win the job again. It's nice to see the competition.”

On the team being ranked 12th nationally in total defense

“I'll feel better about it in December. We've got a long way to go. We've played two of the best offenses in the country in Georgia and Florida St. I'm proud of the them for the start we've had. I think we can be a really, really good defense. My comment has always been that I would be very disappointed in December if we're not one of the best. We've got some things to clean up. We've got to want it. We've got to stay hungry. We've got to want to dominate people every time we step on the field”

Injured running back Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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was in full pads at practice, and Swinney said he hopes the Tigers can get Dye back at some point this season.

“He's doing some cutting. The biggest thing with him is the mental side of it,” Swinney said. “He is so much further along mentally and physically than he was in August. He had a setback in August - mentally. He was on schedule physically but he hit that mental wall. Now he's a different guy. He really is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We're taking our time with him. We'll get him back at some point and it doesn't matter when it is because I know what he can do.”

Injury news

Swinney said that tight end Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Sr. Tight End
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Brentwood, TN

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will not play this week.

“I don't think he'll make it back this week but he's done well in practice. He's done some things. We've really strained him this week and he's done some running and some cutting. He'll do some things tomorrow and then we'll shut him down Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get back with him Monday. Our hope is that we can get him back next week.”

Center Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS So. Center
#57 6-3, 314
Maryville, TN

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is expected to play.

`He's better. He had that bruised hamstring. He's practiced every day this week. I wouldn't say he's 100-percent but he's getting better each day. He'll play.”

How the team has responded this week

“Tremendous. Like champions. It's been really, really good. The first game I was really mad because I thought we were good enough but my challenge to them was that I didn't think they cared enough based on some of the mistakes we made. I've seen a team that really cares. Life is about responding the right way. Every indicator we have, we hit and we didn't win. Sometimes that's happens and it's part of life. Our guys have a great mentality.”


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New Story: Swinney gets a "kick" out of practice this week
TigerNet News
as if 5 of 10 and 0-2 vs. Clemson wasn't enough...
york_tiger
Nice to hear that he is having fun with the team
Iwantthe80sback
it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
tgrfan42069
Maybe we should have a hangover and lose Sat.***
Tiger5
NO!!! Great teams respond to adversity. They don't
Tiger_Fan_007®
Could not agree more.***
Tiger5
Re: NO!!! Great teams respond to adversity. They don't
allorangeallthetime52®
is technique and issue? In the picture it looks like he is
ragtop
Re: is technique and issue? In the picture it looks like he is
GvilleTiger12
You actually kick the ball with the inside top of...
TigerLinks
thanks I was not a kicker of the ball but of the *sses...lol
ragtop
Re: NO!!! Great teams respond to adversity. They don't
slumdog
Re: NO!!! Great teams respond to adversity. They don't
TigerDrewz
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
Tailboard73
didn't Dabo say that the fun is in the winning? it feels
ragtop
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
slumdog
i liken it to the philosophy of FTs in basketball...
york_tiger
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
Kiddfann325
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
DeathValley1981
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
slumdog
It's been my experience as a coach
Kaplony
no matter how tough it is you must put the game behind you
ragtop
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
ziggy_1118
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
slumdog
How would you perform if you or one of your coworkers had
Iwantthe80sback
Re: How would you perform if you or one of your coworkers had
slumdog
Yeah, how dare a sport be fun!***
darkhuntingtiger
idjit***
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: it shouldnt be a "fun" week after the way we lost.***
deroberts
Always one in the bunch.***
zettner®
Dabo could cure cancer and some of you would complain***
CTiger423®
Yep, everyone should be really uptight and lay an egg
LKN Tiger®
Re: New Story: Swinney gets a "kick" out of practice this week
CU_TigerGrad89
Agree! SOS would make the kid feel like crap and
Tiger_Fan_007®
Re: Agree! SOS would make the kid feel like crap and
jpruitt10
yes the atmosphere in cootlumbia is really good right now...
ragtop
Re: yes the atmosphere in cootlumbia is really good right now...
The Revelation
that's all ya got? we get it y'all are proud and should be
ragtop
Re: yes the atmosphere in cootlumbia is really good right now...
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Re: T-DYE
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Re: T-DYE
T1G3R 4 L1F3
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Butchb
You mean Tye Dye..***
El Tigre 1
Re: New Story: Swinney gets a "kick" out of practice this week
cutiger250®
I'm 44, I nailed it - Dabo vs I'm a man, I'm 40 - Gundy ****
ReallyJoelShaw
It doesnt take a lot of talent to kick a 23 yarder...AMEN
AllTimeClemson
You completely missed the point***
NutCutterU
Not shocking***
CUgrad2011
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