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Swinney on Clemson's young defensive linemen: 'It’s hard to miss those guys'

March 16, 2023


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On how the first seven days of spring ball have gone:

“Seven days, really pleased. The biggest thing-- and it’s not always this way, sometimes as a head coach, would walk out there and you see things from a different lens, and sometimes there are days where you don’t think everybody is giving it and you’ve just got to fricken get it out of them-- I’ve not had one day-- NOT one day with the team in seven days where I felt like I’ve had to go get it. The guys have really shown up.”

“We’ve got a lot of good players out here. Coach Riley’s done a great job. I’m really pleased offensively-- we’ve got a lot in. We’ve been able to get a lot done. Procedurally we’ve been really clean. Very encouraged by what we’ve been able to do at this point. It’s been really good to see us get things installed. It’s been a good spring to this point.”

On Garrett Riley coaching the coaches:

“They are all about the same age with the expectation of Coach Richardson. They all have great experience, and it’s easy for them to communicate-- you may call something different, but it’s still ball. It’s been great getting everybody on the same page. Just coming in and installing it the way he wants to install it. The biggest thing I like about Garrett is that he’s very confident. They’ve done a good job, I think they’ve all had a lot of fun.”

On how the young players are doing:

“It’s easy to see those young defensive linemen. I mean-- it’s hard to miss those guys. They are as advertised. That whole group of mid-years are as advertised. I’ve noticed every single one of those guys. C.V. (Christopher Vizinna) looked poised today. Those three linemen are really going to be good players. I noticed all of them at one time or another. Noble (Johnson) is a kid that’s really, really skilled. He’s still got a lot to learn, but man, he can really run and change direction. He’s got a great body for the position. He’s a great kid. Those defensive linemen? Jeez, man, those four defensive linemen in here, they are everything you want.”



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