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Tigers hold situational scrimmage on Wednesday

Clemson Athletic Communications - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:54 PM
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Pos: TE   Height: 6-5   Weight: 251   Hometown: Navarre, FL (Navarre HS)  
Years Played: 2013 - 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Tigers held a “situational scrimmage” on Wednesday morning in Memorial Stadium, and head coach Dabo Swinney was not impressed with what he saw. It was the 13th practice of the preseason over a 14-day period for the Tigers and the first post practice interview in which Swinney was obviously disappointed with his team’s performance.
“We would not have beaten anyone today,” Swinney told the media contingent after practice. “We had way too many mistakes. It has been a good camp until today, but there were just too many errors in all phases of the game.”

Swinney was disappointed in the number of penalties and other aspects of the scrimmage.

“We had situations where the offense jumped on third and one. We had a defensive back line up offsides. We had too many interference penalties on defense. We had a couple of running backs put the ball on the ground (although the offense did recover the fumbles). I am glad we didn’t play a game today.”

Wednesday was the continuation of a difficult stretch of camp as the Tigers have had many physical practices.

“It looked like a lot of players hit the wall today. We have to be good mentally and physically to be successful. We will come back tonight and start correcting.”

Swinney took personal responsibility for his team’s performance.

“I didn’t do a good job preparing everyone for today. I am the head coach. We didn’t do the little things you need to win a game today and that is on me.”

After Wednesday’s second practice, the Tigers will have just one practice and one scrimmage over the next four days.

“I planned our practice schedule back in the summer and Thursday calls for a mental preparation day. We won’t practice tomorrow, and perhaps that is a good thing.”

The scrimmage was situational in nature. That means the offense ran a first-and-10 play from its own 30, then went back to the 30 and ran another first-and-10 play. Late in the scrimmage the team worked on the two-minute drill and red-zone situations, including plays with just a second or two left in the game.

Swinney did talk about a few players after practice. Tony StewardTony Steward
Sr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 236
Hastings, FL

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has had a very good camp so far. He and Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 244
Polkton, NC

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have been a good duo at linebacker. The battle at safety is also very competitive between Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
So. Safety
#20 6-4, 215
Fort Myers, FL

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and Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
So. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 207
Orangeburg, SC

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. There are many other strong position battles ongoing.

There were some big plays turned in during the scrimmage. Redshirt freshman Ryan CarterRyan Carter
RS Fr. Cornerback
#31 5-9, 175
Grayson, GA

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had a 50-yard interception return for a score. Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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, his teammate at Grayson High School in Georgia, had the longest run of the day with a 48-yard jaunt. Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-5, 251
Navarre, FL

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had seven receptions and scored two touchdowns. Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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had a diving 40-yard reception in the two-minute drill.

Defensively, Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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had a big day with a pair of sacks and two other tackles for loss. Ben BoulwareBen Boulware
So. Outside Linebacker
#10 5-11, 235
Anderson, SC

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had a pair of sacks as well.

There were no new injuries reported after the scrimmage. Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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took the snaps with the first team, while freshman Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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ran the second team. Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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missed the scrimmage as he recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in practice on Tuesday. Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#83 5-8, 175
Stafford, VA

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also missed with a sprained ankle suffered early this week. Other players who did not participate due to injury were Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Safety
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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, Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Sr. Tight End
#86 6-6, 250
Brentwood, TN

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, Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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, B.J. GoodsonB.J. Goodson
RS Jr. Linebacker
#44 6-1, 240
Lamar, SC

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, Kellen JonesKellen Jones
RS Jr. Linebacker
#52 6-1, 233
Houston, TX

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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and Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 241
Isle of Palms, SC

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.

The team will have its final stadium scrimmage on Saturday, with Fan Day scheduled for Death Valley on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
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