Swinney talks Watson, new coordinators and bowl game


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Swinney said Watson may have surgery and miss the bowl.
Swinney said Watson may have surgery and miss the bowl.

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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fielded questions from a plane early Sunday evening, and his high-flying question and answer session with the media regarding the Tigers’ invitation to the Russell Athletic Bowl covered a lot of ground.

The Tigers will face off against Oklahoma on Dec. 29th in the bowl game, but Swinney had to first field questions about his coaching staff and the status of freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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.

It was revealed after the win over South Carolina last week that Watson beat the Gamecocks with a torn ACL, and Swinney said after the game that Watson would play in the bowl game. However, he sounded a little less certain Sunday afternoon and said the coaches may want Watson to get a head start on his rehabilitation.

"Deshaun is available for the bowl game," Swinney said. "We are going to make a decision. We might go ahead and do surgery and try to get a three-week head start on his rehab. He has a good eight months of rehab and we want him available for skills and drills this summer. So we will visit on that, and make a decision in the next day or so on that. We will make a decision in the next day or so. I have literally been on the road every day since the South Carolina game, and I haven’t had an opportunity to be involved in that. But I am off until Thursday and we will talk about that tonight and tomorrow and make a decision and keep moving forward.”

Swinney also talked about his two new offensive coordinators – he promoted wide receivers coach Jeff ScottJeff Scott
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and running backs Tony ElliottTony Elliott
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to replace Chad MorrisChad Morris
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, who took the head coaching job at SMU last Monday.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to promote Tony and Jeff. Those guys have been a huge part of our success the last couple of years,” Swinney said. “I will be finalizing the staff here pretty soon. Tony will be calling the plays and he will do a great job with that. I will have an announcement shortly on how I am finalizing my staff. I will say this, this is a plan I have had in place for quite a while knowing that Chad would have an opportunity somewhere. We are going to move forward quickly, but right now it’s about the bowl game and this football team and the chance to sneak out a tenth win and Top 15 finish.”

He then said that the bowl game and bowl practice will be a good time to iron out the new wrinkles with the new-look staff.

“This is a great opportunity for us to develop our staff and get a head start heading into spring practice and next year,” Swinney said. “I am really looking forward to it. There will be a lot of great energy for bowl practice, and once we get it all finalized here in the real near future it will all come together. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on spring ball and the next season and iron a few things out.”

Other notes

On the bowl game

“Just really excited about coming to Orlando and being a part of the Russell Athletic Bowl. I played in the Blockbuster Bowl one year, and I think that game eventually moved up that way. I’ve been in the former Champs Bowl and the Citrus Bowl as a player and a coach and it’s been one of the best trips I’ve ever been a part of. We have a staff and not to mention 115 players who will be excited to see all that Orlando has to offer and also have a chance to play a great football game against a great opponent. We are looking forward to going to Orlando and taking a bunch of Tiger paws with us.”

On Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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facing Oklahoma

“Brent and I are sitting on a plane together right now, and we have been flying together all day. When you are in this profession, this happens quite a bit where you are asked to coach against a friend or a school you have worked for at some point. We are very familiar with the Bowden Bowl here with father and son, and I know Brent has great respect for Oklahoma and his time there. As for Coach Stoops, it’s an honor to coach against one of the best in the business. This is a huge challenge for us, a team that a lot of people picked number one in the country. I think they have had two overtime losses and had some injuries like we did. This will be as good a team as we have played.”

Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Sr. Linebacker
#42 6-2, 244
Polkton, NC

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will miss the first half of the bowl game

"He will have to sit out according to the rules. There is no appeal. That was not a cheap shot. At the very most you throw a flag and say he put his hands on him. But to call a targeting, that is very poor and not what the intent of the rule is. We have to go back and do a better job of saying what that rule should look like. I have two players thrown out for two hits that in no shape or form resembles the rule.”

Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS So. Tight End
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Fort Mill, SC

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*Tight end Jay Jay McCullough missed the last three games of the regular season, and Swinney said that McCullough is still “suspended indefinitely.”



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spacer Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
Lilnaitch
spacer Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
1portroyalty
spacer I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
Main_Tiger
spacer Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
TigerJacks
spacer By that guess then there was a huge target when he was
Main_Tiger
spacer Nobody aside from the coaches knew he had a torn ACL
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer I still haven't quite made up my mind on the isse yet but
ragtop
spacer I think the opposing defense already is targeting the QB but
ragtop
spacer From personal experience...
trowbr2
spacer That brace prevents any over extension of any of the other
Main_Tiger
spacer Maybe when you're cutting on your own weight...
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer That has nothing to do with his injury. Or playing against
Main_Tiger
spacer Are you saying he can't injury it more or tear more
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer and if he plays just drop back and throw, hand off and don't
ragtop
spacer Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
tmac9wr
spacer Re: I would like to be in the best position to win the game, and
tmac9wr
spacer Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
Dugatiger®
spacer so what you're saying is...
orangenate
spacer Re: so what you're saying is...
tmac9wr
spacer Re: Absolute ZERO upside to Watson playing in this game***
bulabugs6
spacer I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
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spacer Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
Main_Tiger
spacer Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
HunterClemsonTigers
spacer Simple question.......
Main_Tiger
spacer Can he get hurt more? Maybe
Tigers2007®
spacer From what you posted I'm guessing you don't know?
Main_Tiger
spacer Re: Can he get hurt more? Maybe
kobalt
spacer I'm hoping someone can explain.
Main_Tiger
spacer Re: Simple question.......
edmaddict09
spacer Re: Simple question.......
edmaddict09
spacer That risk is the same regardless of his existing injury. In
Main_Tiger
spacer Re: Simple question.......
footballmanager
spacer Re: Simple statement.......
agcflash
spacer Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
SaxMan
spacer Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
HunterClemsonTigers
spacer Re: Not a single football game is menaingless and a chance at
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
hazer
spacer Re: I'm not sure what i'll think if Dabo chooses to play Watson.
footballmanager
spacer i think its like this,
clemson7024
spacer How is Dabo coming along with the hiring of
svaughan
spacer Re: i think its like this,
Papal Tiger®
spacer Re: i think its like this,
kelley21®
spacer Re: i think its like this,
tmac9wr
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TigerJacks
spacer Dabo be smart
Moosehead
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ptctiger93
spacer Get the surgery ASAP
sbrooks®
spacer Re: Get the surgery ASAP
tmac9wr
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1988NC
spacer Here's the upside to Deshaun playing
magello®
spacer Sounds like Dabo is coming to his senses..........
41rcook
spacer I doubt Dabo ever planned to play Watson in the bowl game...
harrisg
spacer Let me give you your first "Thumbs Up"***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
spacer Yeah... I also assumed it was a lie to get a better bowl.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: I doubt Dabo ever planned to play Watson in the bowl game...
tmac9wr
spacer Dabo, Deshaun and the doctors will make the right decision.
Completely Solid Orange
spacer ...just like when they played Kyle Parker with broken ribs.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: ...just like when they played Kyle Parker with broken ribs.
kelley21®
spacer This is correct. Nobody knew his ribs were broken.***
Completely Solid Orange
spacer What did Jay Jay McCullough do?***
Hi Cotton Tiger®
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I bleed orange
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kelley21®
spacer For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
stephen2907
spacer Re: For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
Tiger99and00
spacer Re: For the idiots who think DW can't injure the knee further,
tmac9wr
spacer Just don't play Stoudt.
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