Clemson – Clemson coach Sunday night Dabo Sweeney He addressed members of the media to talk more about his team’s victory Saturday over Miami and of course next week before facing rival South Carolina in Death Valley next Saturday.
The Tigers (10-1, 8-0), who opened as favorites with a 14-point lead over the Gamecocks (7-4, 4-4) Sunday, are seeking their eighth straight win in the series.
What follows is an abbreviated transcript from Sunday’s conference call.
opening statements: “Just a good game by our guys. I’m proud of our youth. Attacking, another fast start. Back to back where we had a good balance. We had a few big drops but we did better with penalties. We just dominated the game. We were 14 of 19 in the third down. We scored 100 percent in the red. I thought DJ. He did a great job, as he did Mitchell coming. Outside of the third quarter where we had a turnover fest, we were pretty solid. Lots of good stuff in the game.
“Defensively, we were in control. 98 yards total and only eight yards at the half and 40 of those yards came in one game. We won the line of scrimmage. These are back-to-back games where we impacted the quarterback. We made more takeaways. We were cleaner on penalties.” We had some big mistakes and some balls to get rid of I loved the team effort against the team that won big Fun night Fun night Bar to the score
“We have to turn our attention now to this match. Thanksgiving changes our routine a bit. We have a big challenge ahead.”
s: What did you see in bankruptcy coverage?
s: The way South Carolina blew last night in Tennessee is going to create some intrigue this week. As for the players, how do they see the game?
Sweeney: “It doesn’t matter what your records are or what you get out of it. This is a game where you can get away with all that stuff. It’s all about this game. It’s not what you did last year or all this year. It’s about how you play in those four quarters. Football.” College, as you saw yesterday, is unpredictable. It’s hard to win. This is the biggest game of the year and a season of its own. It’s a goal of its own. Being part of a fun game. I’ve been part of a lot of rivalry games. It’s a fun week to get ready and a game Both teams will do everything they can to find a way to win.”
sAny additional clarification regarding Marcus Tate?
Sweeney: “He’ll be out. We’ve got good news and bad news. His ACL is fine, but there’s a ligament or tendon…that’s where he got injured. He’s going to have to have surgery to fix it. He’s going to be OK. The bad news is “He’s coming out for us. I’m happy for him because he was able to play 11 games and he’s still a young player who’s grown a lot this year. He’s got a lot of confidence and played much faster and stronger than he did last year. He can play tackle for us too. It’s a pity that his season It may have been cut short but it’s a blessing that he’s got this kind of public.”
s: How did you rank Mitchell Mayes yesterday? And does it change anything with Colin Sadler?
Sweeney: “Mitchell has done really well. He’s basically started in back-to-back games and we’ve had over 400 yards in each of the last two games. He’s done a good job. I’m glad he’s got that kind of experience. He’s got us to play a lot of catches. Very good.” “For him. I’m glad we were able to get those two in late as well. As far as Sadler goes, we’ll definitely play him as we need him to, but we’ll try to carry him if we can. We have one game left.”
s: schedule for Tate’s comeback?
Sweeney: “He’ll be back for spring training, but he’ll probably be in a green jersey and doing individual things. I don’t think he’s going to fight or go full speed in the spring.”
sWhat do you think of South Carolina’s offensive blast last night? Did you see some of them?
Sweeney: “I got to see a good bit of it last night after coming home. It’s a tough place to go and play. The quarterback was great. Momentum is a strong thing. They played a full game all over. Tennessee, it wasn’t their night. You have to give South Carolina all the credit for that. He was an amazing quarterback. Lots of great plays.”
s: your thoughts about Jeremiah Trotter last night? Play PBU in particular?
SweeneyHe said: “He (PBU) read it but he’s gone a little bit. He’s done a great job of recovering and defending that. He’s a really good player as we hoped he would be. He plays with a lot of confidence and starts to grow into a leader for us.”
s: mentioned Spencer Rattler. What sets him apart from not just last night but from another movie you saw about him this year?
SweeneyHe said: “I watched him when he was in Oklahoma. He was a hard recruit guy. He threw really well on the go. He’s just a really good football player. That’s why he’s a starter for Oklahoma and a great recruit like him. Everything you like about a quarterback he’s got. He’s got an arm.” Great and competitive.”
s: Do father Come this week?
Sweeney: “We’re hopeful. Still day by day. It was close last week.”
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