Injuries: “We came out of the (B.C.) game pretty good. Shaq (Lawson was the one that we were most concerned with out of the game, but he’s had a good week. He’s looked good all week in practice and should be ready to go.” Reserve linebacker Ben Boulware (knee) will be a backup on special teams this week, but Swinney hopes he’ll be available.
Defensive breakdown: FSU week
On what went wrong last season: The explosive plays and turnovers, we lost the kicking game. We lost the explosive play race. We lost the line of scrimmage and the rushing total. (And) we were actually in it so late. That’s a formula for disaster.
FSU running backs: (They have) speed, explosion – the way they can pace as runners. They’re good zone runners and pace it well and wait for the blockers to open it up. They run behind their pads and they are strong, explosive runners.
Using Jameis Winston in the run game: They’re going to run the lead option, speed option and quarterback zone and the quarterback draw and they’ve done it all with this quarterback. They’ve done (the quarterback sweep) too.
Death Valley noise effect: It’s important every game. If you can disrupt their offense and keep them out of rhythm, you’ll have a lot of success. They neutralize you and you don’t get that pressure – it will be a long night.
Jealous of the attention for the Clemson offense?: Inside our building, everybody has a responsibility in preparation – every player and every coach. It’s a huge responsibility. Certainly absolutely not. I don’t know what the attention is outside of Clemson receiving a great deal of attention. I don’t think that matters. It matters how we play. That’s where I get satisfaction and our guy prepare and play well and they’re working hard.