CLEMSON - Clemson opened practice to the media for seven periods, and the last two – they were the show.
Practice Report - 3/26
Tigers 'excellent' going into scrimmage
As Dabo Swinney hounded in the middle of the action, the first was the “W” drill, where one-on-one matchups are set up at three levels and a back has to navigate his way through for the score.
Zac Brooks had some strong runs, but the Tiger defense on the line I could see best was bottling up the backs. Grady Jarrett was particularly impressive (no surprise).
The real fun came when Swinney started calling random one-on-one matchups.
Redshirt freshman guard Tyrone Crowder v. redshirt defensive tackle Scott Pagano – after some good back-and-forth Crowder took that one.
Sophomore safety Jayron Kearse v. mid-year enrollee receiver Kyrin Priester – Swinney called Kearse out especially on this one, but it ended in a stalemate.
Senior linebacker Stephone Anthony took on sophomore tight end Jordan Leggett, which Anthony handled.
The final one-on-one was expected left tackle starter Isaiah Battle v. senior defensive tackle Grady Jarrett – Jarrett using his wrestling background to bring the 6-7 junior to the ground after some pushback.
Clemson’s three quarterbacks all threw together for a drill working out routes and had their hits and misses.
Redshirt sophomore Chad Kelly hit a beautiful across-his-body throw downfield to Mike Williams at one point.
Senior Cole Stoudt was zipping some passes in as well.
At one point, Deshaun Watson fired one down field that hit Jeff Scott in the back of the head. Scott played it off, saying ‘I love it.’
Swinney on professionalizing college
Swinney favors stipend
* Swinney said both the QB and RB competition would be a coin flip if they were start the season tomorrow. He reiterated that senior running back D.J. Howard has been one of the leaders though.
* Swinney said their Wednesday practice was "excellent" as they gear up for a Monday scrimmage.
* Swinney said the o-line is coming along and senior guard David Beasley has worked his way out of the "doghouse."
* He was asked about the Northwestern players winning the lawsuit to unionize and said he had to look more into it. The sixth-year Tigers coach is for a stipend or enhanced scholarship, but opposes fully professionalizing big college athletics.