Dabo Swinney's Weekly Press Conference Highlights

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Dabo Swinney Press Conference, Windows Media, (39:19)

Notes from Swinney’s Weekly Press Conference

- Swinney thinks as a first year coach TCU is good opportunity to gauge where his program is.

- On TCU offense: TCU is hardnosed offense that wants to run the ball. They have as many as 10 returning starters on offense depending on what formation they are in.

- Two goals for his defense: Stopping the run and winning on first down.

- On the lack of rushing touchdowns: “We will have to find a way to score more touchdowns but the goal is to win the game.”

- Philosophy on playing tough opponents: “I like it. The players like it and I think the fans like it… I think it’s good. It kind of gives you a measure of where you are and where you want to go. When you are a competitor you want to line up and play the best.”

- No new cases of the flu as of this morning. DE Jarvis Jenkins got sick yesterday, but the rest came down with the flu over the weekend.

- TCU was the only FBS opponent that could come to Death Valley when the Tigers relooked at the schedule last year. Swinney wanted to play a Division one team but joked he was hoping out of 120 FBS teams we could find “someone in the 80’s or the 60’s or 39.” TCU was ranked #7 last season.

- Swinney was surprised that game is not on TV. “I thought it was an interesting matchup.”

- DE Ricky Sapp has had “three really good ball games.” He is playing with a chip on his shoulder and is ranked 16th in tackles for loss.

- Fixing short yardage offense – “It’s critical errors. We have got to coach better.”

- Distance Swinney would kick Richard Jackson from: "65 or 67 (yards out) if we just had to have it. Maybe we will get a chance this year to see just how far he can kick it."

C.J. Spiller Audio, Windows Media

Jacoby Ford Audio, Windows Media

Brandon Maye Audio, Windows Media

Landon Walker Audio, Windows Media

Notes from Players

- Linebacker Brandon Maye said that during the delays in the Boston College game some of the players were laying around taking short naps. “It was like we were having a sleepover.” Most of their naps were short lived as defensive coordinator Kevin Steele soon got their attention.

- Running back C.J. Spiller guaranteed that offensive lineman Chris Hairston would play against TCU. He said it was a great opportunity for Hairston to showcase his talents for NFL scouts against TCU’s All-American DE Jerry Hughes.

- Spiller is not worried about flu that has hit the Clemson football. “My immune system is pretty strong.” Spiller, however, did wear a mask at Monday’s practice as a precaution.

- Both Jacoby Ford and C.J. Spiller said the TCU’s defense reminded them of their own defense in that they are both fast and play with great effort.

- Spiller is wearing a pad in his shoe to help protect his injured toe.

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