McCloud makes freshman mistake before Thursday's scrimmage


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Swinney has said that McCloud will play as a true freshman
Swinney has said that McCloud will play as a true freshman

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said after Thursday's scrimmage that freshman running back Ray Ray McCloud III made a freshman mistake by forgetting to eat with all the demands of a busy schedule as a student-athlete. As a result, McCloud had his worst practice of fall camp.

"He had a freshman day," Scott said about McCloud. "It was the first day he has ever had to go to class and come over here and go to practice and just trying to figure out his schedule. I don't think he ate anything until he got in our meeting room, and a little pack of crackers and that wasn't nearly enough. So it's a learning process. Even when guys are gifted as freshmen, they still have to figure out the timing of being a student-athlete and understanding their day. The good thing is he is able to learn from it today. He has got two weeks to kind of get it right. But it is good for them sometimes too. Whenever it is real easy for them sometimes you got to get to the game before they learn a few lessons. So I think today was a little eye-opening for him, but I got no questions that he will back and be fine and ready to go this year."

Head coach Dabo Swinney also said McCloud was off on Thursday, but he has been superb so far in camp.

"Ray Ray did not have a good day," said Swinney. "It was the first day he kind of looked like a freshman today. He said he didn't eat all day. So that is not a good way to get yourself ready for practice. But he has had an incredible camp, but today wasn't one of his better days."

As a senior at Sickles (HS), McCloud had 1,933 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished his illustrious career with 5,765 yards and 60 total touchdowns.

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