On the rebound
Dabo Swinney
Posted Oct 23, 2013

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney is confident that his team will bounce back from last Saturday night’s loss to Florida State.

Recent history is a pretty good indicator that will happen.

Since 2011, Clemson is 4-1 coming off of a loss. The Tigers were 4-6 after a loss during Swinney’s first two full-time seasons as head coach.

“The one thing that these guys have done consistently for a couple of years now is respond, whatever’s been presented to them…that’s because they’ve got great character, got a lot of heart,” Swinney said. “They know they’re not perfect, but they work hard to come back and do the things they need to do to get back on track.”

They’ll head to Maryland on Friday for a 3:30 matchup with the Terrapins, which figures to be the last time in a long time that Clemson will play football in College Park. After this season, Maryland will move to the Big 10.

A self-proclaimed college football purist, Swinney said the rivalry has “been one of those staples” over the years.

“This is my 11th season at Clemson and I’ve been apart of a bunch of those games, been up there several times, had some crazy games up there, that’s for sure,” Swinney said. “Hopefully, we can play our best game [and] send them on to the Big 10 in good ACC fashion.”

There’s some question as to which quarterback the Terps will run out on Saturday for the first play of the game. C.J. Brown has battled through a concussion and another unrelated, undisclosed injury. So, he may not even play.

Brown and Blue Ridge product Caleb Rowe are listed as co-starters on this week’s depth chart. Swinney’s seen both up close and personal.

“I remember [Rowe] coming to our camp and I was very impressed with him, but we had Chad Kelly committed,” Swinney said. “Unfortunately, that’s just part of the recruiting deal. There are a lot of guys you evaluate that you like, a lot of guys that you like and would love to have.

“But you have so many scholarships and so many numbers, and you have to make it all work. We felt like Chad was the best out there. It wasn’t a knock against [Rowe]. We knew he was a division one guy. I thought he was very smart, very accurate, throws a really nice ball.”

Swinney had plenty of good things to say about Brown, too. Though he didn’t play against Clemson last year, he certainly did two seasons ago.

“Brown, I just remember him running all over us,” Swinney said. “It was a nightmare. I was trying to trip him over on the sideline. He’s a scary guy.”

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