Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game


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Swinney said Watson may have surgery and miss the bowl.

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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fielded questions from a plane early Sunday evening, and his high-flying question and answer session with the media regarding the Tigers’ invitation to the Russell Athletic Bowl covered a lot of ground.

The Tigers will face off against Oklahoma on Dec. 29th in the bowl game, but Swinney had to first field questions about his coaching staff and the status of freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
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Gainesville, GA

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.

It was revealed after the win over South Carolina last week that Watson beat the Gamecocks with a torn ACL, and Swinney said after the game that Watson would play in the bowl game. However, he sounded a little less certain Sunday afternoon and said the coaches may want Watson to get a head start on his rehabilitation.

"Deshaun is available for the bowl game," Swinney said. "We are going to make a decision. We might go ahead and do surgery and try to get a three-week head start on his rehab. He has a good eight months of rehab and we want him available for skills and drills this summer. So we will visit on that, and make a decision in the next day or so on that. We will make a decision in the next day or so. I have literally been on the road every day since the South Carolina game, and I haven’t had an opportunity to be involved in that. But I am off until Thursday and we will talk about that tonight and tomorrow and make a decision and keep moving forward.”

Swinney also talked about his two new offensive coordinators – he promoted wide receivers coach Jeff ScottJeff Scott
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and running backs Tony ElliottTony Elliott
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to replace Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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, who took the head coaching job at SMU last Monday.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to promote Tony and Jeff. Those guys have been a huge part of our success the last couple of years,” Swinney said. “I will be finalizing the staff here pretty soon. Tony will be calling the plays and he will do a great job with that. I will have an announcement shortly on how I am finalizing my staff. I will say this, this is a plan I have had in place for quite a while knowing that Chad would have an opportunity somewhere. We are going to move forward quickly, but right now it’s about the bowl game and this football team and the chance to sneak out a tenth win and Top 15 finish.”

He then said that the bowl game and bowl practice will be a good time to iron out the new wrinkles with the new-look staff.

“This is a great opportunity for us to develop our staff and get a head start heading into spring practice and next year,” Swinney said. “I am really looking forward to it. There will be a lot of great energy for bowl practice, and once we get it all finalized here in the real near future it will all come together. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on spring ball and the next season and iron a few things out.”

Other notes

On the bowl game

“Just really excited about coming to Orlando and being a part of the Russell Athletic Bowl. I played in the Blockbuster Bowl one year, and I think that game eventually moved up that way. I’ve been in the former Champs Bowl and the Citrus Bowl as a player and a coach and it’s been one of the best trips I’ve ever been a part of. We have a staff and not to mention 115 players who will be excited to see all that Orlando has to offer and also have a chance to play a great football game against a great opponent. We are looking forward to going to Orlando and taking a bunch of Tiger paws with us.”

On Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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facing Oklahoma

“Brent and I are sitting on a plane together right now, and we have been flying together all day. When you are in this profession, this happens quite a bit where you are asked to coach against a friend or a school you have worked for at some point. We are very familiar with the Bowden Bowl here with father and son, and I know Brent has great respect for Oklahoma and his time there. As for Coach Stoops, it’s an honor to coach against one of the best in the business. This is a huge challenge for us, a team that a lot of people picked number one in the country. I think they have had two overtime losses and had some injuries like we did. This will be as good a team as we have played.”

Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
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Polkton, NC

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will miss the first half of the bowl game

"He will have to sit out according to the rules. There is no appeal. That was not a cheap shot. At the very most you throw a flag and say he put his hands on him. But to call a targeting, that is very poor and not what the intent of the rule is. We have to go back and do a better job of saying what that rule should look like. I have two players thrown out for two hits that in no shape or form resembles the rule.”

Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS So. Tight End
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Fort Mill, SC

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*Tight end Jay Jay McCullough missed the last three games of the regular season, and Swinney said that McCullough is still “suspended indefinitely.”



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New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
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Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
Lilnaitch
Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
1portroyalty
I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
Main_Tiger
Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
TigerJacks
By that guess then there was a huge target when he was
Main_Tiger
Nobody aside from the coaches knew he had a torn ACL
Tall_Tiger_Two
I still haven't quite made up my mind on the isse yet but
ragtop
I think the opposing defense already is targeting the QB but
ragtop
From personal experience...
trowbr2
That brace prevents any over extension of any of the other
Main_Tiger
Maybe when you're cutting on your own weight...
Tall_Tiger_Two
That has nothing to do with his injury. Or playing against
Main_Tiger
Are you saying he can't injury it more or tear more
Tall_Tiger_Two
and if he plays just drop back and throw, hand off and don't
ragtop
Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
tmac9wr
Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
tmac9wr
Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
Dugatiger®
so what you're saying is...
orangenate
Re: so what you're saying is...
tmac9wr
Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
bulabugs6
I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
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Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
Main_Tiger
Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
HunterClemsonTigers
Simple question.......
Main_Tiger
Can he get hurt more? Maybe
Tigers2007®
From what you posted I'm guessing you don't know?
Main_Tiger
Re: Can he get hurt more? Maybe
kobalt
I'm hoping someone can explain.
Main_Tiger
Re: Simple question.......
edmaddict09
Re: Simple question.......
edmaddict09
That risk is the same regardless of his existing injury. In
Main_Tiger
Re: Simple question.......
footballmanager
Re: Simple statement.......
agcflash
Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
SaxMan
Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
HunterClemsonTigers
Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
hazer
Re: I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
footballmanager
i think its like this,
clemson7024
How is Dabo coming along with the hiring of
svaughan
Re: i think its like this,
Papal Tiger®
Re: i think its like this,
kelley21®
Re: i think its like this,
tmac9wr
Re: New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
TigerJacks
Dabo be smart
Moosehead
Re: New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
ptctiger93
Get the surgery ASAP
sbrooks®
Re: Get the surgery ASAP
tmac9wr
Re: New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
1988NC
Here's the upside to Deshaun playing
magello®
Sounds like Dabo is coming to his senses..........
41rcook
I doubt Dabo ever planned to play Watson in the bowl game...
harrisg
Let me give you your first "Thumbs Up"***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
Yeah... I also assumed it was a lie to get a better bowl.***
Razzmatazz
Re: I doubt Dabo ever planned to play Watson in the bowl game...
tmac9wr
Dabo, Deshaun and the doctors will make the right decision.
Completely Solid Orange®
...just like when they played Kyle Parker with broken ribs.
Razzmatazz
Re: ...just like when they played Kyle Parker with broken ribs.
kelley21®
This is correct. Nobody knew his ribs were broken.***
Completely Solid Orange®
What did Jay Jay McCullough do?***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
Re: New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
I bleed orange
Re: New Story: Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game
kelley21®
For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
stephen2907
Re: For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
Tiger99and00
Re: For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
tmac9wr
Just don't play Stoudt.
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