Clemson 2012 preseason practice report: Day 3

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CLEMSON – Day three of Clemson’s fall practice schedule wrapped up in a light drizzle Monday evening, and the media got to speak with Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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Swinney said that Monday was notable in that the Tigers were in pads for the first time.

“Today was the first day in pads, but we can't go full pads yet,” Swinney said. “Typically when we go shells we have thigh pads and hip pads, but today per the rules we only had helmets and shoulder pads. We had to transition because of the weather. We got sent in because of the weather – we had to go inside for 35 minutes or so, but they stayed focused.”


*Swinney said that he likes what he has seen from Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS So. Linebacker
#3 6-3, 235
Adairsville, GA

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and Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS So. Defensive End
#6 6-4, 270
Jacksonville, FL

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, two players who will be expected to provide depth at a lean defensive end spot. Barnes moved backed to end from tackle at the beginning of camp.

Swinney said that he thinks Barnes will move back to the inside before his career is over, and has the body to play on the inside at the next level.

*Swinney said the team will go into “full gear” on Wednesday.

*Swinney said that freshman defensive lineman Kevin DoddKevin Dodd
Fr. Defensive Line
# 6-5, 280
Greer, SC

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is a player to watch in the future.

"Very raw this spring, not really engaged, not dialed in, and certainly did not even come close to getting the big picture. The first three days, I'm proud of him. He just doesn't look big-eyed. You can tell he's worked his tail off this summer. He's still a long way away from being a great football player, but I think he's got a lot of talent. I think he's got a ton of upside. We are very encouraged with him, especially for a guy that hasn’t played college football yet.”

*Sophomore receiver Charone PeakeCharone Peake
So. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 205
Moore, SC

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had the fastest 40-time in the summer.

Swinney said that Peake had a time of 4.2 in the 40-yard dash.

“Charone has been awesome,” Swinney said. “If there is a guy on our team on a mission, it’s Charone. He has been that way. I don’t know what clicked other than he got a year behind him. Fastest guy on the team, which was incredibly impressive, because we’ve got some guys that can run. And Martavis [Bryant] is doing a good job. He is engaged, and we are cross-training those guys.”

Swinney said that next-fastest were Sammy Watkins, Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
Jr. Defensive Back
#14 5-9, 175
Roswell, GA

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and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
So. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 205
Calhoun Falls, SC

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*Swinney said they had a guest speaker come in over the summer, and the speaker challenged each team member to have a one word or a vision on what they need to do each year.

Running back Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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’s word is “relentless.” Brandon FordBrandon Ford
RS Sr. Tight End
#80 6-4, 235
Wando, SC

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had “determination.” Linebacker Tony StewardTony Steward
So. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 245
Hastings, FL

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said his word was “endurance.”

*Injuries – Swinney said that Jenkins aggravated a hip flexor, while defensive tackle Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
So. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-0, 290
Conyers, GA

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strained a groin.

*Two players are still in not in camp - Shaq Lawson and Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
Fr. Running Back
# 6-4, 235
Fort Mill, SC

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– as they wait on the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"I'm hopeful it will get resolved sometime this week. That's what I'm hoping for,” Swinney said. “Both of them, I think, have done what's been required of them. It's just a matter of the process that you have. It's not Clemson. There's a process that you've got to go through, from a clearinghouse standpoint."


The Tigers will practice Tuesday and Wednesday, with both scheduled to end around 6:45 p.m. The media will talk to offensive coordinator Chad Morris on Tuesday, and defensive coordinator Brent Venables Wednesday after the first full day of pads.

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