ESPN will air Clemson's spring football game live on April 14, Tre Lamar mystery is cleared up – Charleston Post Courier


CLEMSON — Five weeks still remain until Clemson’s annual spring football game April 14 at Memorial Stadium, but already the buzz is in full force. 

The Tigers have the best defensive line in college football and are a heavy favorite to make their fourth straight College Football Playoff appearance. 

As such, ESPN has decided the Tigers will again be one of their most viewed teams on television. And that is why the network has decided to air Clemson’s spring game live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. 

Sending some of its best talent to the stadium for the highly anticipated intrasquad scrimmage, ESPN has assigned Chris Fowler, Brock Huard and Tom Luginbill to call the game. Alabama and Georgia’s respective spring games will air live the following week to round out the top three games. 

Clemson was scheduled to have its fifth practice of the spring Friday afternoon with what might be the most depth Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has ever had. 

“This is obviously a team that is very veteran led. Last year at this time we were sitting there with six scholarship seniors. This team, with our walk-ons, we’ve got like 29 or 30 seniors and I think 21 on scholarship,” Swinney said. “We’ve got a great, great veteran led team with a lot of good leadership at every single position, so that’s exciting as a coach.” 

The Tre Lamar mystery solved 

Tre Lamar said on Dec. 30 that he was healthy enough to play against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl of the College Playoff, which Swinney confirmed was true on Wednesday. 

Lamar was indeed medically cleared to play against the Crimson Tide and would have been available if Clemson wanted to use him. But the notion that the starting linebacker was 100 percent healthy — as he confirmed to the media he was on Dec. 30 — was not the case. Wednesday, he and Swinney both said Lamar was not all the way recovered from the stinger injury he sustained in November and was not at 100 percent. Now that spring practice is here, Lamar says he is healthy. 

“I wasn’t completely ready,” Lamar said Wednesday after Clemson’s fifth spring practice of the year. 

“I couldn’t say right now,” he continued, when asked what percentage health-wise he actually would have been at the end of the season. “I really couldn’t tell you.” 

With Lamar back in the mix, Clemson stands to have a sustainable amount of depth at the position — which bodes well for the Tigers, who lost star Dorian O’Daniel to graduation. 

“He looks good out there. He’s physical … that was a tough situation he went through,” Swinney said. “He could have played. He was cleared to go play. But there are very few people 100 percent at the end of the year like that. He just wasn’t quite 100 percent, but he was ready to go out there and play.” 

Tigers have first day of situation scrimmage work

Clemson had its first day of situation scrimmage work Wednesday and it was the running backs who caught Swinney’s eye as the bright spots of the afternoon. All three running backs — Tavien Feaster, Travis Etienne and Adam Choice — ran well, with Swinney specifically noting Choice was “exceptional.” 

Wanting to prompt his players into thinking on their feet, Swinney threw a few curveballs at his team to see how the Tigers would react when they were put in situations they were not expecting. The cornerbacks also impressed him, as did defensive end Chris Register, who had two of the best plays of the afternoon with two tackles for loss.

“We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to get better at, but after five days, we’re kind of where we should be,” Swinney said. “Probably a little ahead, actually.” 

Follow Grace Raynor on Twitter @gmraynor



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