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Spring personnel movement
Garry Peters, who had 20 tackles and eight pass breakups at cornerback last season, will miss the first few practices of the spring. "He's a guy that's still got to fully commit and have his attitude right, understand team commitment. That's where it really starts with him," Swinney said. Peters will go through team meetings before heading to Vickery Hall when everyone else heads to the practice fields. "Everything counts. When you're trying to be great, everything counts," Swinney said. "When we've got guys that aren't going to go to study hall, guys that are going to be missing class, habitually late to class, we're just not going to let them practice. "It's a privilege to be able to let them go out there and compete on the field. We just want to make sure that these guys are fully focused on the commitment that it's going to take, the attitude that you've got to have, the consistency that you've got to have to go win at a high level." The length of the suspension from practice wasn't specified. "If he'll continue to do the right things, from an attitude, academic standpoint, he'll rejoin us and get going," Swinney said. "We certainly need him. We just can't have any entitlement on this team." Other moves of note… Reserve quarterback Tony McNeal is done with football after suffering multiple injuries during his Clemson career. "He's had some knee surgeries and just feels like he can't do it anymore," Swinney said. "He's going to stay on with us. He wants to stay on and be a coach. He wants to coach with us." Ammon Lakip, the No. 2 place kicker, is not in school right now. "We're working on getting him a medical withdraw so this semester won't count against him," Swinney said. "He's got some personal and family issues that he's working through. This is a great young man that has an excellent future in front of him." It's possible that Lakip will be back with the team as early as the end of the summer. Tra Thomas will open his redshirt junior year with the offensive linemen as an interior player. He was moved over to the scout team last season. "He just looks so much more athletic, so much more natural [on offense]," Swinney said. "His strength and power shows up. I think he's a guy that's got a chance to get in the mix at center and guard as well."
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