Swinney hopes to see renewed line
08/09/2014 12:03 AM
08/09/2014 12:05 AM
After six practices in five days, Clemson’s first full week grinds to a finish Saturday morning with a scrimmage in Death Valley that coach Dabo Swinney hopes offers clarity for the offensive line.
Clemson practiced twice Friday after back-to-back left afternoon workouts in full pads.
“Some of them have hit the wall a little bit,” Swinney said. “But most of the guys that, in my mind I’m really counting on, I thought responded well with the way we practiced today.”
Nicked during an early drill Thursday, offensive left tackle Isaiah Battle “looked a lot better” but was held back Friday. “If we were playing tomorrow he would play,” Swinney said.
Anticipating that Battle could rest one more day, Swinney said he was eager to see “how we respond up front,” by mixing and matching offensive linemen. Eric Mac Lane introduced himself as a “left tackle, right tackle, left guard, right guard.”
“When it’s all said and done, I think we’re going to have 10 guys I think we can depend on,” Swinney said of the line, “at least 10 guys I think are capable of winning for us.
Other than seeing how all the pieces fit, Swinney said he was eager to see kicker Ammon Lakip under pressure, and the special teams.
“I’m always thinking about our roster, travel squad,” he said. “Who we need to be repping.”
Graduation Four players were excused from early practice to join two former teammates at graduation ceremonies.
Vic Beasley, Martin Jenkins, Taylor Watson and Reid Webster from this year’s team received their degrees along with Dwayne Allen, the 2011 Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top tight end, and Darrell Brevard.
It was the first time a pair of consensus All-America football players were awarded degrees at Clemson on the same day. Allen was a third-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts.
In five seasons, 92 percent (83 of 90) of Swinney’s players have earned degrees.
Injuries Other than Battle, TE Stanton Seckinger (ankle) could be back in a week. TE Sam Cooper (shoulder) was in a green jersey.
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