Fundamental focus ongoing as Tigers prepare for Virginia

Dabo Swinney: 'Our message to the team is that little things lead to big things'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney congratulates Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd after Boyd scored a touchdown in the first quarter.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney congratulates Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd after Boyd scored a touchdown in the first quarter.

The Clemson football team spent last week focused on the fundamentals.

That hasn't changed this week as the Tigers get ready for Virginia and their second straight ACC road trip.

"We're always focused on fundamentals and trying to do the little things right," said Dabo Swinney. "Our message to the team is that little things lead to big things."

Swinney used the pre-flight checklist and routine employed by Clemson's pilots to make his point to Tajh Boyd and others.

"That's something that I've talked to Tajh about," Swinney said. "Sometimes I think Tajh is too smart. He knows a lot of football. I've used the analogy with him of our two pilots. Every time we get in the plane with them, they go through the same procedure, even if we've flown 10 times that day, they've got their deal and they're consistent with that.

"Tajh has a procedure, kind of a checklist of things he needs to do. Sometimes he just skips to step-four, just because he takes some things for granted. It's just a matter of getting him to focus on those things. And that's not just for him, that's for every position. We need that focus to get the attention to detail that we need."

Swinney said the Tigers cut out some of the "smoke and mirrors" in their preparation for the Maryland game.

"That was the big deal for us last week," he said. "We were still doing what we do, but we just cut out some of the Level 104 things and went back to 101."

All-in-all, Swinney was pleased with the results.

"I thought our guys did a tremendous job last week," he said. "We responded defensively and we handled some adversity. We had three turnovers, which is disappointing, but they got negative nine yards off of those three turnovers, so for your defense to go out there and respond like that is impressive.

"And with 550 yards and 40 points, I'd say that we got back on track offensively. We had some stall-outs in the red zone, but we know exactly what happened, and it's things we can fix and control."

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lhaselden writes:

"things we can fix and control"?? then git-er-done!! Some us ain't wanting to see the thumb... everybody knows real chickens aint got no thumb! but they dress theirs up with a spur!

DahlonegaJoe writes:

Good Luck Tigers.
Looking for crisp consistent execution on O and D.
Go Tigers

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