In Dabo's Words: 'We came out and played our game'

'We cut down on our pre-snap penalties, we took care of the football, we took care of our business'

Tiger Walk - Dabo Swinney

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Tiger Walk - Dabo Swinney

In Dabo's Words...

"We were coming off an emotional game last week, and we did a great job of setting the tone early with some great drives. We scored the most points in a half of any Clemson team since 1981.

"Later in the game, we got into a situation where we didn't want to get anyone hurt. I was a great opportunity to grow the team. We got a chance to get a lot of guys some playing time. I told them at practices during the week, 'you may not be the starter or even the second guy, but you have to be ready when it's your turn.' Hopefully we can start off strong next week (against Furman) and give a lot of guys some playing time again.

"I'm proud of our overall performance, but there is still a lot we can improve on. It was a good game to grow on. We can play to the standard we've set."

On the play of Tajh Boyd: "He has been continuing to mature as a player. During the spring and summer he was able to look at himself as a player, and he's learned to operate within the system. He has come in with a mindset to be a great quarterback this season. We've talked about continuing to do well every week regardless of who and where we play."

On Clemson's injuries: "David Beasley looks like he'll be OK (knee). Tony Steward pulled a hamstring, and we're not sure at this point how bad it is. D.J. Howard got a bruise on his shoulder, but he should be OK."

On what the Tigers accomplished: "I thought we improved...We cut down on our pre-snap penalties, we took care of the football, we took care of our business. We came out and played our game, and we were in control at the half...I wanted to see the secondary improve, and I think they did. They made some good tackles and we had a couple of picks."

On the play of the offensive line: "We're 2-0 and they're a big reason for it. We're running the football with confidence. Stuff we struggled with last year, we're getting it done. We're not a great unit yet, but we're on the right track."

On the play of the backup running backs: "Rod (McDowell) is a great example to a lot of people. He's been hanging in there, and he's done everything he can to get himself ready. He looks like the player we recruited. D.J. (Howard) is just a good football player. The three of them together have a real nice chemistry. They love each other, they push each other and they pull for each other."

On the connection between Tajh Boyd and Nuk Hopkins: "They're veterans, and they've spent all this time together. Tajh is a fourth year junior and Nuk is a junior. Freshmen are freshmen, but juniors are a beautiful thing to see. Tajh is making really good decisions, his checks and reads in the run game, and his decisions to where to go with the ball."

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