Friday night practice nuggets


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CLEMSON – The Clemson Tigers held their final practice for the week with a large crowd on hand inside the indoor practice facility, including Stanford head coach David Shaw.

Friday was head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s annual coaches clinic, so there were high school coaches from all over the region in attendance and even a special guest in Shaw, who spoke with TigerNet spoke for an exclusive interview.

Following practice, several players met with the media to discuss spring practice. Below are the highlights from each interview, as well as some notes from practice.

Andy TeasdallAndy Teasdall
RS Jr. Punter
#95 5-11, 185
Winston-Salem, NC

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- Clemson's starting punter going into the spring - said nobody should expect a drop-off in the punting unit with Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Punter (2012 - 2014)
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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's departure.

"At this level, you're working on your craft every day. You are always working on being consistent and I am mentally and physically bringing it every day. Clemson has been very fortunate to have the kickers and punters we've had the past couple of years, and from my standpoint there shouldn't be a drop-off. Bradley was a very key component and everybody knows his name and we still have a very tight-knit group. Another guy who left who was a key component was holder Corbin JenkinsCorbin Jenkins
Kicker (2012 - 2014)
#32 5-10, 175
Conway, SC

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. He kind of mentored me when I first joined the team, but regardless of who leaves there is a next man up mentality you have to have."

Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Jr. Tight End
#16 6-5, 250
Navarre, FL

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has had his ups and downs, but a former Clemson player and soon to be assistant coach is serving as the junior tight end's mentor.

"They have (first few years frustrating). For the last two years in a row, I've been getting praised in the spring and then summer comes and I just don't know what happens. I'm just trying to stay consistent this year. This year should be my year.

"Coach Swinney and Coach [Danny] Pearman haven't really said anything to me, but they're bringing in a new coach Durrell BarryDurrell Barry
Tight End
# 6-5, 265
Charleston, SC

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. He's not allowed to coach until after summer camp. I've talked to him. He keeps me motivated and keeps positive stuff going through my head."

Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
Jr. Defensive Back
#18 6-0, 200
Orangeburg, SC

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said that he has brought an entirely different mentality to spring practice.

"I've brought more pressure on myself but it's positive pressure, not negative. It drives me to go a little harder. I watch film more, because I was really lacking with the playbook but now that I know I have a shot I go in and watch film in my free time. It's more like a job to me now."

Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 210
Vance, SC

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said that the thing he's working on the most this spring is getting off of press coverage.

"I'm just trying to work on my press releases because I feel like I'm going to see that a lot this year. I was working big on that and using my body on a lot of plays. The first couple of days our defense was pressing me a lot but after I made a couple of plays they started backing off of me and playing a safety over the top."

Kicker Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#36 5-11, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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said that this spring has been somewhat of a transition period after losing both his long snapper and holder from last season.

“I think it's been going well. It takes a while to get back into the swing of things, especially with a new holder and new snapper. I think it's been going really well. They are great. Seth (Ryan) and Jim (Brown) have been flawless so far. This offseason I cut down on some weight - actually a lot of weight with 20 pounds - but other than that I think I have been mentally more serious and taking every practice and every rep like it's a game-winning rep or kickoff or one of those things. I've been taking those things more serious and being the leader of the group. It's kind of odd being the senior but it's nice.”

Other notes

*Hearing that Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#35 5-10, 170
Myrtle Beach, SC

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continues to impress - hit a 60-yard punt in practice the other day and caught three passes in the scrimmage Wednesday.

*Jake FruhmorgenJake Fruhmorgen
Fr. Offensive Line
#63 6-5, 285
Tampa, FL

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worked at first team right tackle. Starter Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Sr. Offensive Tackle
#73 6-5, 290
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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had to miss practice (not believed to be injury related) and Fruhmorgen worked in his spot.

*Former college football coach Charlie Stubbs (who was the QB coach at Alabama when Swinney was an assistant) was one of the speakers at Swinney’s coaches clinic.

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