The Tigers worked for an hour and a half in preparation for the contest that will be played at Sun Life Stadium. It is the second time in three years Clemson has played in this BCS game.
It was a bittersweet practice in some ways for Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney as
it was the final practice for his first recruiting class as head coach. "Back in
February of 2009 when we signed most of this senior class, if I had written down
what this class was going to accomplish you would have said I was crazy," said
Swinney after practice.
The class includes fifth year seniors Tajh Boyd, Spencer Shuey, Tyler Shatley,
Darrell Smith, Quandon Christian, Brandon Thomas,and Rod McDowell, all players
who signed with Clemson that day in February who are fifth year senior
scholarship players. All have gone on to become starters and be a part of three
Clemson top 25 teams. Additionally, kicker Chandler Catanzaro is a fifth year
senior who came to Clemson as a walk-on. He will leave a Clemson's all-time
leading scorer and is second in ACC history.
"I still remember their first practice as Clemson football players back in August
of 2009," said Swinney. "Some of them had a long way to go. Some of them were
not highly recruited. But they have worked hard and improved and are part of a
class that has done great things.
"When we left the Orange Bowl two years ago after a tough night against West
Virginia I told that group it had been 30 years since Clemson had played in the
Orange Bowl. I told them it would not take another 30 years. This class has
been the nucleus that has brought us back just two years later. We had not
been to a BCS Bowl before they got here and now we have been to two. This
senior class has represented Clemson so well on the field, in the community and
in the classroom."
Notes: Clemson starting tight end Stanton Seckinger has a sprained ankle and is
questionable at this point for Friday's game with Ohio State....Swinney announced
after practice that the permanent captains for the year were Spencer Shuey,
Quandon Christian, Darius Robinson, Tajh Boyd, Tyler Shatley and Brandon
Thomas....one of the visitors to Clemson's practice was new Clemson President
James P. Clements...ironically, he was the president of West Virginia two years
ago when Clemson played the Mountaineers in the Discover Orange Bowl. He is
staying at the same hotel in the same room as he did two years ago, so hopefully
that will bring the Tigers some luck this year as he was on the winning side in
this game...the weather for Wednesday's practice was the best it has been since
the Tigers got here on December 29....bright and sunny and 82 degrees for most of
the time...there was a 15-minute light shower in the middle of the practice.
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