Ben Boulware, Adrien Dunn, Wayne Gallman shine as Tigers take JV practice to Miami

Maverick Morris, Tyrone Crowder catch coach's eye, Tyshon Dye's rehab on schedule

Clemson's Ben Boulware, left, and Dan Brooks during practice at Barry University in Miami.

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Clemson's Ben Boulware, left, and Dan Brooks during practice at Barry University in Miami.

Clemson continued to devote time to 'JV practice' during its first workout in Miami, and, again, some of the youngest Tigers gave their coaches reason for excitement.

Swinney identified T.L. Hanna product Ben Boulware and Daniel product Adrien Dunn as two of the more impressive players, along with redshirting freshmen offensive linemen Maverick Morris and Tyrone Crowder.

Boulware, an inside linebacker, has seen occasional action at his position this season, but has contributed as a regular on special teams. The 5-7, 170-pound Dunn is a preferred walk-on who redshirted this season while working with the Tigers' wide receivers.

Morris and Crowder will join Clemson's offensive line mix this spring after working on scout team during the fall.

Another impressive redshirt freshman is running back Wayne Gallman, who, after putting on weight and adding strength, will begin spring practice in the 210-215 range. He should be in the mix for the Tigers' starting tailback job, along with Zac Brooks and D.J. Howard.

"We've had a lot of fun with it," Swinney said. "I hate it that we lost O.J. (Jones), because he was having a good little December for us. But we have those young linebackers (Boulware, Dorian O'Daniel and D.J. Greenlee) that have done well, and it's been good seeing Crowder and Maverick get out there and compete.

"Adrien Dunn is a little guy that just makes plays. You better remember that name – that guy is going to sneak up on some people. He has four years left. He'll carve a niche in this program before it is all said and done."

Redshirting freshman running back Tyshon Dye continues to rehab after undergoing surgery on both his back and ankle this fall, while Brooks, who has been sidelined periodically with a shoulder injury, is back at full speed after having his shoulder scoped after the South Carolina game.

Swinney said that "everything is on pace" with Dye's recovery.

Also taking advantage of bowl practice are redshirting defensive backs Mackensie Alexander, Adrian Baker, Marcus Edmonds and Ryan Carter.

The Tigers worked in full pads for 17 five-minute periods on Monday - a significantly lighter workload than during their last Orange Bowl trip - and then held their 15-minute JV practice.

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