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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Clemson practice report

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are a few excerpts from Clemson's second practice, as reported by the sports information office:

Clemson is in the five-day NCAA mandated acclimatization period. The Tigers will have practice each evening on Thursday through Saturday, then take Sunday off. Monday morning's practice will be the first in full pads. Clemson will practice twice that day, the first of four two-a-day practices during the pre-school schedule.

"It was a good day of practice," said coach Dabo Swinney. "I told the team that this was how championship teams practice. There was energy like there was the first day, but they played smarter today."

Swinney mentioned a few of his players in his postgame meeting with the media.

"Ricky Sapp looked like Ricky Sapp today and I am anxious to see him with the full pads on this coming Monday," Swinney said. "I was very impressed with Rendrick Taylor. He caught the ball out of the backfield, and from tight end, and ran very well, also.

"Byron Maxwell worked hard all summer. He worked out twice a day and I am proud of what he has done these first two days. Kevin Alexander also looked good at defensive end."

Jacoby Ford [hamstring] and J.K. Jay were both in yellow jerseys and missed the practice. Ford suffered the injury while fielding punts in Tuesday's first practice. Jay has a back injury.

Jaron Brown and Bryce McNeal were two receivers who missed the practice to take a final exam for the summer session.

"Today was the last day of summer school finals so we get them for all football now until Aug. 19."