Notes from Clemson practice

CLEMSON, S.C. -- For those of you who don’t follow @ESPN_ACC on Twitter (shame on you), I’m at Clemson, learning more about how the spring has gone with a new quarterback and new offense. In short: so far, so good. Here are some highlights from what coach Dabo Swinney had to say after the Tigers’ closed practice this evening:

  • Defensive end Andre Branch returned to practice after returning home this past weekend to be with his family after the death of his grandfather.

  • Offensive lineman Antoine McClain could not practice because of a sprained MCL and is questionable for this weekend’s spring game.

  • The Tigers did some live work at the end of practice, working on second-and-long and third-down situations.

  • Swinney said there were a few players the staff was a little frustrated with going into this past weekend's scrimmage who “showed some life.” He called them “stagnant guys.”

  • Swinney said Clemson got some good film to study from this past weekend’s scrimmage, and while the offense has been a focus, the team continues to stress the fundamentals and technique such as pad level, ball security and lining up properly. “For us to have the kind of team we want to have,” Swinney said, “we’ll have to do the little things better than everybody else. … The scheme will come.”

I’ll have more videos and interviews for you from Death Valley later this week.