Swinney challenges Tigers to turn up the energy for final open-week practice

'In our last six games last year we were 3-3. Obviously, that's not what we want'

DeAndre Hopkins looks for running room after a catch

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DeAndre Hopkins looks for running room after a catch

Dabo Swinney will be looking for a bit more from his Tigers this afternoon when Clemson wraps up open-week practice and the players depart for a mid-season weekend off.

"I didn't think they had great energy today," said Swinney after practice on Wednesday. "I'm hoping to see better energy, and for us to really finish strong.

"Then they get to enjoy a couple of days...disengage a little mentally, recharge and refocus...and then come back Monday and start working on a strong finish to the season...

"We're looking to have a better second half (than last year). In our last six games last year we were 3-3. Obviously, that's not what we want."

Swinney said the Tigers have spent practice time this week working on fundamentals and "getting a little extra work on Virginia Tech."

As he looks back at the first half of the season, Swinney said he's most impressed by the way his team has responded to the various situations it has found itself in.

"We've responded and we've found ways to win," he said. "In potential 'let-down' situations, they've responded well...responded to all the situation they've been faced with. They want to be good, and they're coachable."

Swinney said the Tigers still have a lot to learn.

"There are a lot of young guys on our team right now that we'll look back on next year or two years from now and say 'look how far he's come,'" Swinney said.

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