CLEMSON, SC August 4, 2014 – Clemson held its third practice of the preseason among scattered showers on Monday, forcing the team to hold the second half of its practice in the indoor facility. The last hour of the practice featured seven-on-seven drills and 11 on 11 work in the facility.
Clemson worked out in shells today, which means the Tigers were in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts. Known as a “thud practice”, the Tigers will be in the same attire on Tuesday, then go to full pads for the fifth practice on Wednesday. The Tigers will not have two practices in the same day until Friday.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney was pleased with what he saw from his offensive line. “The offensive line has been focused and business like,” said Swinney. “I like their demeanor through the first three practices. So far they have taken ownership and that is good to see. Overall, I like their attitude.”
Overall, Swinney has been pleased with the first three days of practice. “The intensity picked up today and that was due to adding shoulder pads. But, this is a mature group. I have not had to push them, because they know how to work. We have been playing fast. We will have another day in shells, then put the full uniform on during Wednesday’s practice.
Freshman wide receiver Artavis Scott was back at practice on Monday after missing last Saturday with a slight knee sprain. But, the Tigers did lose a wide receiver in practice, as walk-on Seth Ryan suffered a broken collarbone while making a diving catch in the endzone. “Seth has been playing very well. He will be out for a while. He is going to be a good player for us.” Ryan is the son of New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan.
Tight end Stanton Seckinger suffered an ankle injury and missed the last third of the practice. Charone Peake continued to do some running on the side and on a stationary bike as he recovers from a knee injury. He hopes to return next week.
*Among the former players at practice on Monday were Jim Riggs and Theo Mougros. Riggs was an All-ACC tight end in 1985 and 1986 and was a big reason Clemson won the 1986 ACC title. He went on to play seven years in the NFL, six with the Cincinnati Bengals. He will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame this year. Riggs son, Zach, is a red-shirt freshman center on the Clemson team.
Mougros was a four-year letter winner from 1997-2000 and was a starting offensive guard in 1999 and 2000, Tommy Bowden’s first two Clemson teams. He was a key to Clemson’s record setting 2000 offense that helped the Tigers to a 9-3 record and #14 final national ranking.
•Defensive end Vic Beasley was ranked as the #9 player in the nation in a poll released over the weekend by ESPN.com. The network considered the votes of 32 college football writers in formulating the list. Beasley was one of just three defensive players in the top 10, as Shilque Calhoun of Michigan State, a defensive end, was fourth and Ifo Ikpre-Olomu of Oregon, a cornerback, was tied for ninth with Beasley.
*Clemson assistant head coach and tight ends coach Danny Pearman was back at practice on Monday after missing the first two practices due to the death of his father.