Swinney on the new freshmen at practice


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Swinney talked to the media on Tuesday and his team prepared for their first practice and said that he was excited to see all the new freshmen at their first practice.

“All of the guys, really," Swinney said. "I am excited to see them for the first time, really competing to have a chance to play and even the mid-year guys who were here in the spring, it was fun seeing those guys go through spring ball and I have a pretty good comfort level having seen them, but it is different when you get into camp. Spring ball, you are practicing every other day and it is a much slower tempo from an installation standpoint but you get into camp and it is a whole different level. The mental grind of it the overall competition of it with all of the guys finally here it is something that I am anxious to see how they handle it."

Swinney called out a few players that he will be paying close attention to on Tuesday.

"Specifically it is good to get Xavier Kelly in here, we only had one more defensive end coming in so it is good to get him in here," Swinney said. "He's another big, strong, athletic body at that position, that is a positive. Shoring up the secondary with those five defensive backs was a priority. (Brian) Dawkins is going to be out with surgery, but the other four guys are in the mix. Same with the receivers, T.J. Chase just got in last week so he is going to be a little behind the others but just getting him in here is a big deal, all of those guys. Tavien Feaster is just another guy at the running back position, and J.C. Chalk in the mix at tight end, we just have to evaluate them all. Get big John Simpson in here another one of those offensive lineman, Cade Stewart are all important pieces to what we are going to want to do. We are looking forward to evaluating them, we are just completing the team and we are excited to get them in here and evaluate them."

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