Clemson Holds Half Scrimmage Monday

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson held a physical, two-hour practice on Monday. The workout included a one-on-one hitting drill in period one and finished with an hour of scrimmage work in the indoor facility. Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are preparing for the annual Spring Game in Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m.

“This was a tough practice,” said Swinney, who had given his team four days off for the Easter holiday. “We challenged them with a physical drill right from the beginning, then had the half scrimmage. We continue to keep evaluating our players in all of the drills and scrimmages.

"The offense moved the ball and had some big plays during the scrimmage, but the defense continued to win the battles in the redzone."

Swinney has been impressed with some veteran defensive players up front who will get opportunities as starters this coming fall.

“We have not been able to block D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Defensive Tackle (2012 - 2015)
#48 6-2, 325
Greensboro, NC

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. I really like his attitude this spring. Of course, we say the same thing about Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
Central, SC

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every day. Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
Mooresboro, NC

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and Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
RS Jr. Defensive End
#98 6-5, 275
Taylors, SC

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are improving every day and getting more and more consistent.

“But I like what I am seeing in the offensive line, too. It shows we are having good competition in the trenches. The second unit is starting to come together."

The young quarterbacks, Tucker IsraelTucker Israel
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Orlando, FL

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and Kelly BryantKelly Bryant
Fr. Quarterback
#2 6-4, 205
Calhoun Falls, SC

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, played well in the scrimmage segment of the practice. Both completed passes of at least 50 yards, as Israel hit Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#5 5-11, 175
Charlotte, NC

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and Bryant connected with Adrien DunnAdrien Dunn
RS So. Wide Receiver
#82 5-7, 170
Clemson, SC

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. Israel completed a touchdown pass to Hopper to complete the drive, while Bryant had a 15-yard run to set up a field goal.

“This was probably the best practice for both of the freshmen,” Swinney said. “I told the team after the practice that it is not easy to come out here from high school and go against our defense right away.”

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