CLEMSON – Last week, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich came bearing gifts for the football team: the iPad.
This week, the Tigers are already reaping the benefits.
“It makes it a whole lot easier on you,” sophomore defensive tackle Carlos Watkins said Wednesday. “We’ve got our plays on there now. You can watch film at home. It really helps you out. It’s like a cheat because you don’t have to come (to the WestZone). You can stay home and watch plays, watch film and go over everything.”
On the tablet now is the playbook, Georgia tape, practice film and notes – and convenience is the definitive advantage.
iPads an effective edge for Tigers
“There’s no excuse for not watching film,” junior backup quarterback Cole Stoudt said. “If you’re just laying around watching TV, you can pull out your iPad and watch Georgia or pull out your practice notes and improve. It’s really helpful and handy to have it.”
For the quarterbacks specifically, Chad Morris is taking full advantage of the extra technology.
“If he sees something, he can draw a little picture on it or draw routes I should be reading, screenshot it and email it to me and I can look it up,” said Stoudt. “I can see what he’s talking about and it’s really good.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says the move really is an effort in keeping up with the Joneses of the college football world. Just this year opening opponent Georgia added them in addition to ACC opponents Duke, Syracuse and Maryland.
“You’re never disconnected,” he said. “In the past, you would have to give them DVDs or print something out for them. It’s all online and they have access to all that…
“So it’s a great, great opportunity for our football team to increase their knowledge and just gain an edge. Everybody is looking for an edge and that’s definitely an area where we thought we could improve compared to our competition.”