Aside from building depth and experiencing no injuries, coaches hope to simulate game speed and scenarios as much as possible in spring football games. Yet, its not easy to achieve.
For Clemson, however, the Tigers raised the bar on their spring game this past Saturday, which concluded with Chandler Catanzaros 45-yard field goal in double overtime. Getting kickers anything close to a real-game feel in the spring is next to impossible, but Clemson got just that.
It was good to put a little pressure on the kickers there and finish it that way, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. The game was kind of indicative of our spring. It has been very competitive. Its been very balanced. What I mean by that is that there is a lot of competitive depth right now.
Second mission accomplished. Clemson won the ACC title a year ago but was ransacked in the Orange Bowl by West Virginia, giving up a BCS bowl-record 70 points. But spirits were high all spring. Last year was almost a gift conference ti...