Clemson back at practice for Orange Bowl - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Clemson back at practice for Orange Bowl

Posted: Updated:
December 27th, 2013 -

Clemson returned to the practice fields Friday for the first time in six days.  It was a spirited workout that concluded with a physical one-on-one blocking drill that set the tone for the style of play expected when Clemson faces Ohio State a week from today at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL.

The Tigers had not practiced since the morning of December 21.  The team had five days off to spend with families during the holiday season. The team gathered on Thursday night and did some conditioning runs, but Friday was a full pads practice.

 "This was our last practice in full pads until we get to Miami," said Swinney.  "We will have a Thursday style of practice tomorrow (Saturday), then have our normal Monday practice on Sunday."   The Tigers face sixth-ranked Ohio State on Friday, January 3rd at 8:30 PM.
            

Swinney reported after practice that all travel squad players are eligible for the bowl game.  He also said there were no new injuries and he expects everyone to be ready physically unless someone is hurt in practice between now and next Friday.

 "Today was a good practice.  We had some good competitive work and there was a lot of enthusiasm, "continued Swinney.  "When we get to Miami we will be ready to polish off the preparation.

 "It was good to get some physical work in today.  It was good to see Carlos Watkins and Kevin Dodd able to get some work in. "  Watkins and Dodd both are recovering from injuries suffered earlier in the year, and have not been involved in the physical aspect of practice since September.  The plan is to red-shirt both players.

Swinney talked about Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller after practice. "We have not faced one like this guy.  He has great instincts.  He is not a quarterback running the ball, he is a legit runner. He can change direction.  He is fast and runs away from people. He turns broken plays into positive plays for them.  He can scramble and find the guys down the field.  He is one of the best players in the nation.  If he did not miss some time this year due to injury he would have been in New York."


Swinney also talked about the importance of this game.  ""Everyone talks about your last game for eight months.  It leaves an impression.  From a momentum standpoint you can carry on a good vibe into the off season if you win that last one.

"This is not just any bowl game, it is the Orange Bowl against Ohio State. We haven't won a BCS Bowl, and haven't won a bowl game of this magnitude since 1981.  It would be a big win. "

  • Police arrest man for cooking meth in Relax Inn hotel room

    Police arrest man for cooking meth in Relax Inn hotel room

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:04:19 GMT
    At least one person is under arrest after a meth lab was uncovered in North Charleston.
    At least one person is under arrest after a meth lab was uncovered in North Charleston.
  • Sanders Clyde Elementary School teacher named CCSD Teacher of the Year finalist

    Sanders Clyde Elementary School teacher named CCSD Teacher of the Year finalist

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:19:16 GMT
    Charleston County School District has announced it's top five finalists for district teacher of the year.  Charles Atkins teaches drama at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School.
    Charleston County School District has announced it's top five finalists for district teacher of the year.  Charles Atkins teaches drama at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School.
  • Food for thought: The Lowcountry Food Bank helped 220,000 people last year

    Food for thought: The Lowcountry Food Bank helped 220,000 people last year

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:23 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:23:09 GMT
    The Lowcountry Food Bank is well known in the area for helping those who have fallen on hard times, but this time of year the effort could use a little extra help. The main hub of the Lowcountry Food Bank sits on Azalea Avenue in North Charleston and they are always accepting food donations. The spring and summer months are a little more challenging. LCFB serves 10 coastal counties across the area and offered assista...
    The Lowcountry Food Bank is well known in the area for helping those who have fallen on hard times, but this time of year the effort could use a little extra help. The main hub of the Lowcountry Food Bank sits on Azalea Avenue in North Charleston and they are always accepting food donations. The spring and summer months are a little more challenging. LCFB serves 10 coastal counties across the area and offered assista...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.