Clemson – That’s more like it.
Clemson returned to the training grounds behind the Reeves compound Friday afternoon, the first practice for fall camp. Temperatures were hovering in the mid-90s, but the skies were a bright blue, the grass was deep green, and the tigers looked more like the tigers we are used to seeing than at any time last season.
We were allowed to watch the first seven (and part of an eighth) periods of training, and although it was just helmets and shorts, we had a few notes to pass on.
I’ll start with what this team looks like – this team looks like the teams from a few years ago in terms of ability and athletic size. Several players were injured last season, yes, but this group looks like a great team. From defensive line to offensive line to running back to linebacker, they’re a fantastic group. Yes, only shorts, no direct contact. But this group is more similar to the group of 2018 than any other team since then.
center Ryan Linthicum He looks the best he’s looked since he’s been here (something Sweeney mentioned in his press conference), and Dietrick Pennington It doesn’t seem to weigh 360 pounds. I was told that his body fat percentage was less than 20 percent.
Another one that stood out – right off the bat – was the linebacker Trenton Simpson. One of the first drills conducted by linebacker coach/defensive coordinator Wesley Goodwin had defenders line up with their hands in the dirt and then out of the shot, to simulate reaching into the middle. Simpson, who hit 240 pounds on Thursday, was explosive. This complete backpacking set will have you sitting back and paying attention.
*Not all was great – Sweeney mentioned he had questions about the gambler on Friday, and during the time we were allowed to watch, none of the gamblers popped up.
*The Atlanta Falcons had scouts in attendance.
* While I was walking, I passed Georgetown Lorenzo Brommel, who played in Clemson. I played the defensive end with Dolphins, Vikings, Raiders and Giants, and was remembered for breaking Peyton Manning’s jaw back in 2001. He was in town and toured the facility.
The first team’s offensive line, left to right, was Jordan McFaddenAnd the Marcus TateAnd the Will PutnamAnd the Brian TuckerAnd the Walker Gardens. The second team during the rhythm periods consisted of Tristan LeeAnd the John WilliamsAnd the Trent HowardAnd the Mitchell MaysAnd the Blake Miller.
* The returnees were punt Bo CollinsAnd the Will ShipleyAnd the Hump GreenAnd the Drew SweeneyAnd the Troy StarAnd the Antonio Williams.
*Swinney spent time with wide receivers, along with Tyler GreshamTeaching the “best football move”, a technique that goes out of line. The recipients began the exercise with their hands behind their back with the movement of the feet being key.
* It was the start of a wide reception Brannon SpectorAnd the Joseph Ngataand Beaux Collins. Jake Briningstool Run out first at the narrow end.
*Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei Run at full speed from the indoor elbow to the training fields, then run at full speed between workouts. You can tell it moves better without the extra weight and all the clamps. to support Kid Clubnik He was impressive during passing drills and obviously feels more comfortable in attack.
* Watched the defensive line for a few minutes – you will always be impressed by the likes of the players Brian Pressy And the Miles Murphybut the younger players obviously love payton page And the Williams tree Ready to take the next step. Williams smoothed his body and looked explosive.
* There were 17 members of Dabo Sweeney A fantasy camp for everyone. Each 17 people pays $10,000 to access the practices and meetings. Proceeds go to the All In Foundation. In the past, the members would play football, but this has changed to more of an all-encompassing event.
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