Sweeney Clemson: A new perspective on tiger camp

Clemson (AFP) – Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney has taken a lot of lessons in the past seven seasons. Along the way, some guidance got lost amid all that winning.

“There are certain things you can’t teach on top of a mountain,” Sweeney said Friday as the Tigers opened autumn camp.

Swinney believes his team has a new, healthier perspective after what they went through in 2021. A year ago, the Tigers were quick favorites to win their seventh consecutive crown at the Atlantic Coast Conference and win seventh in a row at College Football Playoff.

Instead, Clemson opened 4-3including losses to eventual national champion Georgia and ACC award-winning Pittsburgh.

The Tigers, in Sweeney’s words, weren’t very good, but he told them they would be judged based on how they come back with most of the season left to play.

Clemson finished with six straight wins – The longest current streak among the Power Five shows – and it has carried more than one impetus throughout this season.

They took back their appreciation for the win,” Sweeney said. “Sometimes you can win so much that you lose your respect for what it takes.”

Any disrespect for the process came with a string of infections that the program hadn’t seen in several years. Tail start Will Shipley has missed three games with a foot injury while Brian Prey – like five-star recruit Shipley – has lost the last nine games after being torn up in the AFC Champions League in a loss at North Carolina State.

Both were done outside of spring training, but they returned to the field on Friday and were eager to deliver a punch they couldn’t fully deliver last season.

Presie had lost earlier this summer and was happy to work again with his teammates.

“I think this is off season, we’ve been a lot closer as a team,” said Brissy. “It was a big deal for us.”

Shipley said the momentum from his close last year was a huge boost to the Tigers.

“We definitely put it in the back of our minds,” he said. “We’re Ready to Run There September 5th” at Georgia Tech to open the season.

Midfielder DJ Uiagalelei is starting to suffer from growing pains, very. As the unmissable successor to National Championship winner and best overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence, Uiagalelei struggled with his footwork and accuracy.

Uiagalelei completed less than 56% of his throws for 2,246 yards, and nine touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He heard grumblings from fans who wanted him to move on.

Instead of getting frustrated, Uiagalelei began working on his body and habits. He cut out most junk food and reported this week that he is 20lbs lighter than his recorded weight of 250lbs from last year.

“Shooting, he lost 20 and 25 pounds,” Shipley said. “His dedication has never been in question. …I can’t wait to see him flourish.”

Offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter said Uiagalelei has worked hard studying the video and refining his technique in hopes of leading Clemson into the championship competition.

“Really proud of where (Uiagalelei) is, as he fought through some of the things he’s been through last year and just beat that,” said Streeter, the quarterback coach. “It’s part of life, and he’s learning those lessons and doing a great job now.”

The skinny Uiagalelei did a warm-up before leading the field’s Clemson starters in a fast attack. His throws were sharp and aimed at the target.

Sweeney said Oyagalele will have a healthier attitude on the field this season as well, just like his teammates.

“They’ve had a good post,” Sweeney said. “I like their mentality and mentality. I think it will serve them well.”


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