Upon completion, the Clemson football program will have yet another notch in a belt of impressive looking facilities, joining the West End Zone complex.
“Man, it looks great. I think they’re grading it right now. I think the turf is maybe going to be here Monday. It’s coming along. I’m excited about it,” Swinney said. “Hopefully -- they’ve told us they think we’re going to be in there the week of the South Carolina game, maybe just a hair earlier. That’s really exciting.”
The site of the indoor building sits on the plot of land where the first practice field was. Construction has left the team with just two grass fields, instead of a turf field and two grass fields.
“Our fields are completely torn up. Our fields are in terrible shape right now, because we’ve been limited to two fields. It’s really hard to manage,” Swinney said. “You talk about these athletes, big bodies. We’ve really had one field, because of that fence. We’ve had to do our competitive work on field three. It’s just a dirt pile out there.”
He added, “In the past, we’ve always had three fields, we could rotate. Usually, on Mondays, we would stay off of our grass fields and then a lot of times on Thursdays we would stay off the grass fields. That’s going to help us, just being able to keep a good surface to practice on.”
The wait will be worth it.
“They’ve been working their tails off. They’ve been over there -- they’re still over there [tonight] trying to get it finished. It looks great,” Swinney said. “The guys are excited about it. It’s been fun to watch it get built a little bit at a time. They’re starting to put the finishing touches on it now.”
Swinney: Everybody looks that they’re going to be able to go…[Bashaud] Breeland, he practiced good. it looks like everybody is good to go for this game, which is a good thing, because we were pretty thin up there last week for Wake Forest. We’ll have all hands on board.
On Chad Kelly…
Swinney: He’s pretty special. To be honest with you, he competed pretty strong with all of them during fall camp. He held his own, literally just walking in here off the street. He’s got a chance to be really, really good, if he’ll stay focused, keep working, keep developing, stay hungry…those are things that make him special.
Really smart, studies -- that’s one of the things I like when I go sit in on the quarterback meetings. He’s very attentive. He’s not playing, but he’s dialed in to what’s going on. He asks questions. That’s what you want, a guy that, even though he’s not playing, he’s still trying to improve himself every single week.
We still give him reps, work in practice. I’m very pleased with where he is as a redshirt.