Swinney has "zero doubt" in ability of young O-linemen

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Mitch Hyatt and Jake Fruhmorgen work out during spring camp

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the four freshmen offensive linemen during Wednesday's media conference call, and he said he he had zero doubt that all four - Mitch HyattMitch Hyatt
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, Jake FruhmorgenJake Fruhmorgen
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, Noah GreenNoah Green
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and Zach GiellaZach Giella
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- would all turn out to be outstanding offensive linemen.

"They all have a lot of work to do between now and then (fall). Zach and Noah are incredibly talented," Swinney said. "All four of those guys, just absolute zero doubt on their ability and their potential to be outstanding offensive lineman, even at this level. Mitch and Jake are a little ahead - they are both playing tackle - the transformation has been a little smoother for them. Noah is a guy that is going to bring a ton of versatility to us, he and Zach to be honest with you. Just because of their size and athleticism. Zach had the biggest adjustment, but you're talking about a high school kid and he's coming from a small school, so it's just the transition physically and the speed of the game and the amount of things that they have to learn. I'm going to be real anxious to see those four guys because this spring was awesome for them.

"Just the experience and getting thrown in there like that and all the reps that they got and the installation. I think now going back to everything in the summer, hitting it again and by the time we get to September these guys are going to have had our installation three times. They are going to make huge strides. They are all wired the right way and they all want to be great. Measuring transition, right out of the gate, when you're trying to put it all together from a functionality standpoint - the system, taking things from the meeting room, the practice field - all of that, Jake and Mitch were a little ahead. Athletically, physically, ability - Noah and Zach are as good as anybody we got."

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