Swinney to Garry Peters: 'When you're trying to be great, everything counts'

'If he'll continue to do the right things, from an attitude and academic standpoint, then he'll rejoin us and get going'

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.

Garry Peters stepped up and answered the call when the Tigers found themselves in dire straits in the defensive secondary last fall.

The same can't be said for his off-season.

Dabo Swinney says there's a lesson to be learned: everything counts.

For that reason, Peters will be spending his time in Vickery Hall next week when Clemson opens spring practice for the 2013 season.

"Garry is a guy we're really excited about as a player," said Swinney. "He made huge strides this past year as a football player. But he's a guy who still has to fully commit and have his attitude right and understand team commitment.

"He's going to miss a few practices to start out spring ball just simply for that reason. It's not anything bad other than just that his attitude needs to be better. We're going to try to help him through that process a little bit.

"He's a guy - along with Bashaud Breeland, Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson - who is a key for us from a veteran standpoint."

Swinney said the disciplinary action is intended to make a big-picture point.

"When you're trying to be great, everything counts," Swinney said. "If we've got guys who are not going to go to study hall, or guys who are going to be missing class, or are habitually late to class, then we're just not going to let them practice. It's a privilege to be able to go out there and compete on the field.

"We want to make sure that these guys are fully focused and have the commitment that it's going to take and have the attitude and consistency that you've got to have to go win at a high level."

Swinney said Peters will participate in team functions and meetings "and then I'll send him over to Vickery Hall when we go practice."

"If he'll continue to do the right things, from an attitude and academic standpoint, then he'll rejoin us and get going," he said. "We certainly need him."

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TigerMarine writes:

Strange how Clemson seems to lose far more players to academic issues than other teams. So trolls does that say something about us or them ?

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

Strange how Clemson seems to lose far more players to academic issues than other teams. So trolls does that say something about us or them ?

I mean, I'm not a troll but Clemson holds itself way, way farther up with academic integrity than almost every "football-crazy" school. We proved that with kicking Bellamy and suspending Watkins mostly for the Auburn game, which was, at the time, a marquee match-up.

MatthewBlackstone writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

Strange how Clemson seems to lose far more players to academic issues than other teams. So trolls does that say something about us or them ?

"Seems"...I'm not sure if we do. It would be interesting to get a baseline to compare to. Dabo's APR is good, so I think it may not be the case. But even we do, better that than 4 players to armed robbery like Alabama recently, or Auburn 2 years ago. That definitely says something about them. Garry Peters is still here though. Let's hope he gets it together and gets back out there.

Bleedsorange writes:

College delinquents? *COUGH* Oh sorry I was about to go on a Garcia rant again. You see my point our worst examples are better than most best examples.

TigerMarine writes:

Of course I agree with u all I was just baiting the trolls and apparently they know enough to shut up on this one !!! LOL

DavidRBurns86 writes:

I am not sure how or why the decision to publish this story was made at all. It seems to me that if Garry needs encouragement to improve on his academic performance or other issues, that should be done privately between him, the faculty and the coaching staff. Maybe it was a slow news day on the football front, but I don't see why this particular issue was given out to the media (O&W) in the first place.

Maybe by going public with this story, the intent was to motivate the student/athlete. But this story has since been picked up by the national media (ESPN) and probably did little more than just embarrass him.

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