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Notes and takeaways from Clemson’s second spring practice

Matt Mynes // Photo Editor

Clemson wide receiver Hampton Earle (83) attempts to catch a pass while getting hit by cornerback Toriano Pride Jr. during practice on March 7, 2023.

Clemson held its second spring practice session on Tuesday. The media was only permitted to watch five practice periods, most of which were individual drills and stretching. 

Although it’s day one, and the open practice portion was short, here are a few takeaways from Tuesday:

Mid-year enrollee Peter Woods went out with the first-team defense during the tempo drills at the start of practice. The freshman later participated in a position drill with defensive tackles coach Nick Eason. Eason was very pleased with his ability to get off the snap and had no criticism for Woods’ technique.

Christopher Vizzina ran out with the third-team offense during tempo drills again, with Klubnik taking reps with the first team and Hunter Helms taking reps with the second team. 

Klubnik had a brief conversation with offensive coordinator Garrett Riley discussing what play Klubnik wanted to run first in tempo drills. The play turned out to be a deep pass to wide receiver Hampton Earle down the right sideline, which forced a defensive pass interference call on cornerback Toriano Pride Jr., who was working with the first-team defense. It isn’t a shock to see a team’s starting quarterback and play-caller communicating, but with the relationship between Klubnik and Riley just starting, it was interesting to see that type of conversation already happening at practice.

Clemson’s first-team offensive line during tempo drills consisted of the following players: Tristan Leigh, Bryn Tucker, Will Putnam, Dietrick Pennington and Blake Miller. Marcus Tate and Walker Parks remained in yellow, non-contact jerseys.

Mid-year enrollee Noble Johnson was working with the second-team offense and was targeted twice in tempo drills. Both of his targets were deep balls down the sideline. 

The practice started with punting drills, and Aidan Swanson looked like the more consistent kicker between him and Jack Smith. Head coach Dabo Swinney said on Monday that he was very interested in the punting competition. 

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