Prior to LSU: Reports out of Clemson is that the practices have been very physical and that head coach Dabo Swinney even had a bit of a “meltdown” when the practices weren’t going as he liked:
The practices have been physical, and I’ve had players tell me that they have been among the most physical ever seen at Clemson. One linebacker told me he loved them, but they weren’t the type of practices that could be held during the season. He said players would get too beat up and not have any legs left on game day, and I can see that.
We also had a couple of players tell us that Swinney went a little crazy at the first Saturday practice 10 days ago. We in the media noticed something was different when the team was an hour late coming off the field, and players could be seen exiting the new indoor practice facility and doing up-downs and sprints outside.
Apparently, that practice wasn’t going like Swinney wanted, and he “lost it” according to one player. Another player agreed that it was a meltdown to see, but said he had seen Swinney worse one other time. No matter how bad it was, it appears Swinney had a head coaching/teaching moment for the ages, and the word is that the team had some pretty focused practices after that Saturday.
Prior to Ohio State Clemson returned to the practice fields Friday for the first time in six days. It was a spirited workout that concluded with a physical one-on-one blocking drill that set the tone for the style of play expected when Clemson faces Ohio State a week from today at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL.
From the interviews, it appears we are not preparing like we did against LSU.