Swinney, players say strength and conditioning paid off in "weight room battle"
|Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:42 PM- -|
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Clemson’s strength and conditioning program has come under fire in recent years from message board pundits who feel that Clemson lags behind other national programs in developing the kind of team that can win a physical game.
Clemson head coach
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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“Nobody was foolish enough to think this wasn’t going to be a hard-fought battle,” Swinney said. “We knew it was going to be a four quarter, rock ‘em, sock ‘em kind of game. All you had to do was watch the tape and see how Boston College plays and how they run the ball. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game, and we prepared for it mentally all week.
“They are a physical team, and we said all week that it was going to be a weight room game. Their squats versus our squats. Their offseason versus our offseason. Their mat drills versus our mat drills. That is kind of how we went into it and our guys fought to the end. Our guys found a way to win, and it wasn’t pretty but we found a way to beat our opponent.”
Senior defensive end
Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
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“Our summer training and winter training is above all. Coach (Joey) Batson really makes us work hard,” Barnes said. “We get in there and we work. It is about the weight room, and that all comes into play. Especially in a game like this. They have the biggest offensive line we have faced, but we felt like we matched up well with them. We work hard during the offseason and it pays off on Saturday.”
“We learned a lot about our offense and defense in games like this,” Davidson said. “I felt like we were the more physical team. From the start to the finish, it comes down to what Coach Batson says and it’s about who is more disciplined and stronger physically and mentally. We came into this game knowing it would be a dog fight and it was. We fought it out, and we know we are going to face games like this all the time.”
“This kind of game was my kind of game. We knew what we were getting into tonight and we delivered. That’s satisfaction,” Jarrett said. “We expected it to be physical. But when you are in a game like this you can’t run away from it, you have to embrace. When a team attacks you, you have to attack them. We knew it would be a physical battle. Hard work pays off, and everything counts. Whatever you do whenever people aren’t looking always pays off. If you want to cheat the off-season program you don’t get the results you want during the season. It’s very crucial to the players’ performance, and we have a great strength and conditioning staff and they get the most out of us and it is starting to show, especially at this point in the season.”
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