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Dabo Swinney responds to fall in AP Poll, recovers Louisville game



Dabo Swinney asked questions from reporters on Sunday evening during his weekly telephone calls during the season.

The primary takeaways are below.

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1; Said it's too early to offer a claim for injury to anyone.

– Swinney was asked if Andrew Booth will be suspended for throwing the punch, and he offered to be out for the first half versus BC this week, according to NCAA rules.

Swinney got Booth to go home with the buses on Saturday night instead of flying back with the team.

"He had a long bus ride last night and plenty of time to think about it," Swinney said.

He also apologizes to the team and athletic director Dan Radakovich.

Said "the rest of it" will be dealt with internally.

Swinney said Booth was embarrassed and responded really well.

– Asked if he is surprised Clemson dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in AP Poll:

"I'm not surprised at all. We win by an average of 28 points and last year this time won we have 28.7 points, that 0.7 is difficult to catch, it's probably the largest 0.7 there is, we chase it, but we keep working, don't worry about any of this, everyone can have what they want "They want our tails to get better, that's what's important to us."

– Said he believed the combination of the offensive line, Travis Etienne, and the defense decided Clemson early.

– After a solid second half, Clemson finished third down on the right at 45 percent, which is Clemson's goal.

Said he is not worried about Clemson's third down fight early. There are small things.

"Hopefully we will soon have a game where we are 7 out of 11."

– Be sure to mention that Etienne had 18 grants (14 cars, 4 receptions) and did not play during the fourth quarter.

"Probably the biggest thing for Travis during the back-to-back weeks is the laps after contact."

118 of Etienne 227 meters came after contact on Saturday.

– No drops from passengers.

– Offensive line produced 17 knockdowns.

– Said Clemson wide receivers did not run screen games well on Saturday.

Video card for Etienne should have been a "monster game" but wide receiver that appeared on the block. On the tunnel screen early, Justyn Ross had poor technique and his angle was too deep. And in another way, the tight end did a poor job of blocking.

Said Clemson has to clean it up because the margin of error will be less in the future.

– Clemson has kept seven opponents in a row to under 300 yards for the first time since an eight-game streak in 1956.

"That kind of shocked me because we've been pretty doggone on defense here."

– Said Nyles Pinckney probably played his best game of the season.

– Said it was the most tackles Clemson has missed in a long time. Clemson missed 20 tackles.

"We are fast and athletic and overcome some of that, but we have come to improve."

Alignments and foundations were poor.

Said that the bad tackle happened on all three levels. Clemson had six sacks but should have had 10. Chad Smith, K.J. Henry, Justin Mascoll, Kane Patterson were among the players who missed simple layouts.

"Guys will be disappointed when they see the tape, especially when they see their ratings."

Said they let the quarterback outside too often.

– Said Justin Foster was really productive, but he didn't score well. He was inconsistent with the little things. Thought Mascoll and Logan Rudolph were solid.

Henry was active but made no winners.


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