Swinney looking for consistency, attention to detail in final 3 weeks of spring drills

'Sometimes people are going to make big plays - that's just football. But we've got to get out of the charity business'

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4), Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly (11) and Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt (18) run a passing drill during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4), Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly (11) and Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt (18) run a passing drill during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

The next three weeks will tell the springtime tale for the Clemson football team, as the Tigers work their way toward what Dabo Swinney hopes will be a big-event Orange-White Game on April 12.

The Tigers' next 10 practices will include three major scrimmages, and Swinney and his coaches will be looking for separation at the quarterback, running back and cornerback spots among returning veterans and newcomers, as well as the continued solidifying of the offensive line.

Swinney said that above all, he'll be looking for consistency when the Tigers resume practice Monday afternoon after a 10-day spring break.

"I want to see guys to continue to understand what we're doing," he said. "When you're repping three groups on both sides, sometimes you just have to be patient. There are a lot of guys repping, and you're mixing and matching.

"I just want to see consistency, and for some of those 'threes' to grab ahold and make a little move, and for our first group, I want to see us minimizing our mental errors. We want to be a smarter football team going into this year."

The Tigers 'went live' during their final workout before spring break, and generally Swinney liked what he saw.

"I didn't see a lot of missed tackles or anything like that," Swinney said. "(Freshman running back) Wayne Gallman was awesome - just outstanding except for putting the ball on the ground one time.

"Defensively, we gave up two big plays by not being where we needed to be. Sometimes people are going to make big plays - that's just football. But we've got to get out of the charity business.

"That's what I want to see when we start back - get our installation in and get dialed-in a little bit more. We've got three big scrimmages when we get back. I just want to see us continue to improve."

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