Tigers focusing on LSU game plan as on-campus practice draws to a close

'We want to be locked in on what we want to do...We put them into some adverse situations today, and pushed them pretty good'

Clemson strong safety Garry Peters tackes Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro during the second quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Clemson strong safety Garry Peters tackes Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro during the second quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Clemson will use its final two on-campus practice sessions to finish implementing and honing its game plan for LSU.

"We don't want to spend a lot of time game-planning when we get to the bowl site," said Dabo Swinney after practice on Wednesday. "We want to be locked in on what we want to do, and then spend that time sharpening up our execution.

"We put them into some adverse situations today, and pushed them pretty good."

Swinney said that while the Tigers will go into the bowl game perilously thin in the secondary, with Bashaud Breeland, Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins all sidelined, "the positive part is that we've gotten a lot of good experience for Garry (Peters) and Cortez (Davis)."

"They're young players, and we're only going to have one senior next year, and that's Darius, and he's played a lot of football," Swinney said. "Garry and Cortez are improving players, and then we'll get Breeland and Jenkins back. I think Robert Smith is ready to take another step, and we'll move Travis Blanks back to safety.

"And then we're going to sign a really good group of DBs who'll be able to help us next year."

Swinney said the Tigers finished their practice session on Wednesday by letting the JV players - redshirt freshmen and walk-ons - have the field to themselves.

"We let them go play, letting them compete," he said. "It's been quality work. They're hearing our voices in a different way, getting back to thinking about Clemson as opposed to whoever the team of the week is.

"We've got some good young talent on this team."

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Xander5000 writes:

Whoever the new DB Coach is or going to be or whovever is coaching them for the time being now,.....please FEROCIOUSLY teach them to cover and TACKLE for this game and from here on out. That should be focus No.1 for spring practice next year.

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