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Gifford Timothy hurt
Gifford Timothy is the projected starting right tackle for the Tigers this season, but ended up leaving a recent practice with an apparent knee injury. The severity of the injury is not known yet.
"I'm not a doctor but any time a player tweaks his knee it is a concern," Swinney said (via Travis Sawchik of aikenstandard.com).
Andre Ellington better than ever
While Sammy Watkins seems to receive the majority of the attention on this Clemson offense, the Tigers also had a 1,000-yard rusher in Andre Ellington. He scored at least one touchdown in nine straight games last season and was just as important to this offense as anybody. Well, it seems he has put in extra work this offseason and gotten even better.
"Ellington looks great. This is the best I've seen him in two years -- he's strong, fast, fluid,” Swinney said (via Hale McGranahan of Scout.com).
Ellington says he worked closely with quarterback Tajh Boyd and looks to become an even bigger factor in the passing game this year. He caught 22 passes last season for 109 yards, the most of his three year career.
Tony Steward doing much better
Tony Steward was a top recruit of the 2011 class, but has a nasty history with ACL tears. He played in six games his freshman year before going down with yet another injury. Good news is that he is back on the field trying to regain his original form.
"I feel like I’ve been out for enough time," Steward said. "Come the season time, it’ll be about eight months. That’s longer than I had with my first ACL. I’ve been able to build up both knees. I feel like I’m good to go. But if anything comes up, I’m sure that I’ll be able to sit out the year," (via Hale McGranahan of Scout.com).
Steward has gotten in much better shape by shedding a few pounds, and continues to work on his speed.
Defensive tackles receive praise
Clemson wasn't exactly the greatest defensive team last season, as they were ranked eighth in the ACC. But it appears that they have found two defensive tackles, DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett, who have impressed the coaching staff very much throughout camp.
"If I could have a hundred of those guys, I would drive a truck, load them up and bring them back because this would be the easiest game to coach in America," Swinney said. "If they were all like DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett we would not even have to come to practice," (via midlandsconnect.com).