Back at work after an 11-day spring break, Clemson's Tigers hit the ground running on Monday during a two-hour session at their indoor practice facility.
Dabo Swinney was pleased with the effort and focus, and said he didn't expect anything less.
"You start over with everything in spring ball as far as leadership and chemistry and all that, but the thing about this team is that we've got a lot of experience back," said Swinney. "We had a small group of seniors last year, so we didn't lose a lot of numbers. We have a lot of guys who were all recruited here with the same message.
"They've won 21 games in two years, so there's a culture and foundation that I like. They have the sense of urgency you have to have if you're going to have consistency in your program."
Swinney said he's pleased with the competition at quarterback between rising junior Cole Stoudt and redshirt freshman Chad Kelly behind 2012 ACC player of the year Tajh Boyd.
"Cole and Chad both had good days today," Swinney said. "Tajh was probably not quite up to his standard, but he's had a good spring and we're very comfortable with him.
"I'm excited about Cole and Chad and the way they're developing. After the next few practices, we're going to back off with Tajh a little bit and let Cole and Chad take more first-team reps."
Swinney said he also likes the competition and chemistry at the running back position.
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"It's a good group (Rod McDowell, D.J. Howard and Zac Brooks), and Tony (Elliott) holds them to a high standard," said Swinney. "They come to work every day and do the things we ask them to do. When they make mistakes, they make them full-speed.
"We're going to need all three of them - we're not going to rely on just one guy."
Swinney said that defensive back Garry Peters returned to practice after missing the first segment of spring drills because of academic issues. He worked in shorts on Monday, but will be in pads on Wednesday.
Swinney also said that so far this spring, the Clemson offensive staff has visited with coaches at Arizona State, while the offensive staff at Ohio State came to Clemson. Also visiting with the Tigers' staff was the defensive staff of the Atlanta Falcons, who were interested in exchanging ideas about the pistol formation and the zone-read.