For Dabo Swinney, the fun begins as Tigers put on pads, hit and tackle

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson's Tajh Boyd during the first day of spring practice in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Tajh Boyd during the first day of spring practice in Clemson.

On a sunny Saturday morning on Clemson's football practice fields, Dabo Swinney was in his element.

No more messing around in shorts, it was time to put on the pads, hit, block and tackle and get down to the serious business of spring football.

Clemson practices behind closed doors, so most of what the media and public know about what happens each day is hearsay, related and filtered by coaches and players. But even from watching a few minutes of video posted on Clemson's official website, it's clear that the Tigers are no longer having to work at being physical.

A standard was set during Clemson's preparation for its bowl game against LSU, and by all appearances, the Tigers have picked up where they left off.

Running backs Rod McDowell, D.J. Howard and Zac Brooks all broke through for touchdowns during the Tigers' goal line drill, but the going was tough, the running room scarce.

It looked to be a good first Saturday's work toward getting ready for Georgia.

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