Swinney discusses his young defensive depth


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Pos: DE   Height: 6-5   Weight: 265   Hometown: Pavo, GA (Thomas County Central HS)  
Years Played: 2015 - 2017

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talked to the media on Wednesday on the weekly ACC teleconference and discussed which young defensive players have impressed him through two football games.

"Yeah, oh, yeah. I think our backup ends, Austin BryantAustin Bryant
Fr. Defensive End
#91 6-4, 268
Pavo, GA

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and (Richard) Yeargin and Dane RogersDane Rogers
RS So. Defensive End
#85 6-3, 269
Shelby, NC

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were three guys that we needed to get some work these first couple days and are encouraged," Swinney said. "They've just got to grow up and learn how to play. Same thing with Jalen WilliamsJalen Williams
Fr. Linebacker
#30 6-0, 224
Columbia, SC

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and Kendall JosephKendall Joseph
RS Fr. Linebacker
#34 5-11, 230
Belton, SC

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, our two backup backers.

Swinney knows a key for developing football players is getting them quality game experience.

"There's a big drop off between B.J. GoodsonB.J. Goodson
RS Sr. Linebacker
#44 6-0, 245
Lamar, SC

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and Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
Jr. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-0, 241
Anderson, SC

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and those two guys, and there should be," Swinney said. "These guys are -- one is a redshirt freshman, one is a true freshman, and B.J. is a fifth-year senior and Ben is a third-year junior. There was drop off when Ben Boulware got here, too, when Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
Linebacker (2009 - 2013)
#33 6-3, 230
Charlotte, NC

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was in front of him. It's just the way it is. Guys have to learn how to play. But several of those guys have been -- Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#42 6-5, 299
Longmeadow, MA

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is another guy inside that has really stepped up. Jabril RobinsonJabril Robinson
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 276
Leland, NC

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. We've got several guys that are I think developing nicely for us."

Austin Bryant


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