Dabo Swinney's statements on Isaiah Simmons, A.J. Terrell


by - Assoc. Editor -
Dabo Swinney's statements on Isaiah Simmons, A.J. Terrell

Former Tigers Isaiah Simmons and A.J. Terrell were selected last night in the first round in the 2020 NFL draft.

Here are a few statements from their former Clemson coaches:

HEAD COACH Dabo Swinney: “Isaiah Simmons is as advertised. The reason he has become so intriguing to so many people is because of his versatility. He’s a graduate and he’s incredibly smart from a football standpoint. He played five positions and clearly wanted to execute at different positions for us, which demonstrates his knowledge and his diversity. But he’s a unicorn. You don’t find guys like him that can play safety, that can cover, that can blitz like a defensive end, and that can play linebacker. He’s a great special teams guy. There’s really nothing he can’t do. The biggest thing I can say about Isaiah is if you get 53 men on a roster, he’s like having 56.”

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH Brent Venables: “The first thing they’re getting is a tremendous teammate and leader. He’s somebody that’s very committed to his craft, somebody that has as much passion for football and being great as anybody that we’ve been around. In regards to his playing ability, he’s a tenacious competitor that hates to lose. He’s incredibly gifted, but his best football is still ahead of him. He’s very dynamic in his skillset and has incredible position flexibility. He’s as impactful as a player that we’ve had at Clemson, and he does that not only through his play on defense but also through his love of special teams.”

COMMENTS ON TERRELL

HEAD COACH DABO SWINNEY: “A.J. Terrell is the Deshaun Watson of this group, and what I mean by that is he’s a Deshaun Watson at a different position. The reason I say that — and this is what I’ve told everybody — is his consistency. He’s handled himself like a pro since the day he got here as far as his maturity, his love of preparation, his mindset, and the type of teammate he is. He’s got unique intangibles to go along with a rare skillset for his position.”

CORNERBACKS COACH Mike Reed: “The Falcons are getting a very highly skilled defensive back and a true professional on and off the field. He came in here with a business-like approach on day one. He’s a huge competitor, loves to work, loves to play football, loves to compete. And he ultimately is a great teammate. He is truly a great person, a joy to be around, and he’s going to be a big, integral part of that team.”

Comment on this story
Print   
Send Feedback to Tony Crumpton: Email | Comment
Elite Clemson DT target sets commitment date
Elite Clemson DT target sets commitment date
LOOK: Clemson Historic photo #93 'The Loggia'
LOOK: Clemson Historic photo #93 'The Loggia'
Clemson guaranteed at least $4 million in kickoff game with Georgia
Clemson guaranteed at least $4 million in kickoff game with Georgia
Post your comments!
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest