Tigers Hold Final Preseason Scrimmage Saturday


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Daniel Rodriguez with the catch in Clemson's spring game.
Daniel Rodriguez with the catch in Clemson's spring game.

Tigers Hold Final Preseason Scrimmage

CLEMSON, S.C. — Head coach Dabo Swinney was more upbeat after Saturday’s scrimmage than he was after the one Wednesday. It was the final stadium scrimmage of the preseason for the Tigers as they prepare to meet the 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on August 30, just two weeks from today.

“We had a little of everything today,” Swinney said. “We had some good and had some bad on both sides of the ball. Overall, I thought the defense set the tempo and had a good day. There were a few missed plays on competitive situations where the receivers made the play.

“Early in the scrimmage Jadar JohnsonJadar Johnson
So. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 207
Orangeburg, SC

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had a pick-six. D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Sr. Running Back
#22 6-0, 205
Lincoln, AL

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had a 40-yard touchdown run and Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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made a great catch in the endzone.

“We had an overtime and that was well played. We had to go into a second overtime."

Swinney even had the officials and players go through the coin flip and the rules of overtime.

The scrimmage also included a two-minute drill segment, short yardage and plenty of special teams practice with live tackling. At the end of the scrimmage Swinney had the team practice special late-game situations.

Swinney talked about his offense and defense after the practice.

“We are going to be fine on offense. Will we be the finished product in game one? I doubt it. But by the end of the year I expect we will be up there among the best offenses in the country.

“On defense we are going to have to go out there and prove it. Are we one of the best in the nation? We will have to show it on the field.”

Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
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#83 5-8, 175
Stafford, VA

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had a good scrimmage with a pair of touchdown catches. He started the week on the bench with a sprained ankle. Freshman tight end Milan RichardMilan Richard
Fr. Tight End
#80 6-3, 243
Savannah, GA

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also had a touchdown reception. Linebackers Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
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#42 6-2, 244
Polkton, NC

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and Tony StewardTony Steward
Sr. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 236
Hastings, FL

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each had interceptions.

Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Jr. Safety
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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, Sam CooperSam Cooper
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#86 6-6, 250
Brentwood, TN

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, Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-5, 251
Navarre, FL

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 204
Moore, SC

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, Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 241
Isle of Palms, SC

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and Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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were all held out of the scrimmage due to injury.

In general, Swinney said it has been a good camp, but the team and coaches are now ready to concentrate on someone else.

“We are tired of practicing against each other. The team is ready to start preparation for Georgia. They are ready to look at some film of someone else instead of reviewing practice tape.”

Tags: Sam Cooper, D.J. Howard, Adam Humphries, Charone Peake, Tony Steward, Stanton Seckinger, Stephone Anthony, Travis Blanks, Daniel Rodriguez, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett
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