Swinney Pleased with First Day of Spring Practice


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CLEMSON – The system of Ones and Twos and Threes as relates to the depth chart no longer exists on the Clemson University football team.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that the players instead will be referred to as Attack, Swarm and Pride, which was just part of the new terminology he has instituted on the first day of spring drills.

“What a great day to get started,” Swinney said after the Tigers ran through their first practice. “We got a lot done, and I am very pleased, but we have a long way to do. But I was very pleased with the tempo right off the bat. We have gotten better at creating competition out there.

“We don’t have ones, twos and threes around here anymore. We have to attack defense, the swarm defense and the pride defense. We have the orange offense, the purple offense and the pride offense. You tell a guy he is a two or three long enough, he begins to believe that is all he is. We won’t use those terms around here anymore.”

Swinney said he was pleased with all three quarterbacks for the first day.

“They looked good – I was pleased with all three of them,” Swinney said. “All three of those guys did a good job in spots, and all of them did a poor job in spots. But all in all, it was a good first day.”

Swinney said that evaluation for the quarterbacks will come down to more than just throwing the football as the spring progresses.

“It will be game operation, their command, how they go about leading the unit,” Swinney said. “Throwing, catching, timing, the exchange, there is a lot you can evaluate on days like this. Korn threw the ball well, I thought. He has got to continue to work on his accuracy, and all of them do. But his velocity looked much better today than it did in bowl practice.”

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