No team can just show up in the fall and be ready to compete for a championship. It takes dedication through the entire offseason. Clemson Football has been working hard all spring and summer to be ready for the season, and the official ramp up to Labor Day Monday is right around the corner.
The Tigers will open fall camp in one week on Friday, August 4th. Their first practice is scheduled for 4:30 PM.
Head coach Dabo Swinney, quarterback Cade Klubnik, defensive tackle Tyler Davis and center Will Putnam represented Clemson at ACC Kickoff on Thursday. One of the key points mentioned by the Tigers was the accountability that the 2023 squad have for staying focused and doing the work necessary to be successful.
While speaking on 105.5 The Roar radio, Coach Swinney explained that they split the players into accountability teams and measure every person’s accountability. Swinney says they have better overall accountability right now than they have ever had at this point in the season.
Clemson Football has several veteran leaders in 2023
Much of that probably has to do with the veteran leadership of the team heading into 2023. Coach Swinney mentioned the consistency of his program and how several players decided to return for another season when they could have gone pro. He referred to both Davis and Putnam, as well as Xavier Thomas, Jalyn Phillips, Sheridan Jones, Ruke Orhorhoro and Justin Mascoll.
The start of camp means the team is not far off from the Big Weigh-In, which is a popular event for fans. Coach Swinney shared a couple of weights last week:
Cade Klubnik shared his weight at ACC Kickoff:
There always seem to be surprises at the Big Weigh-In, but if everyone is being as accountable as Coach Swinney has indicated, then most of the surprises should be good ones.