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Video: Dabo taking Clemson through mat drills

Just before Spring practice begins, coaches tend to lead their teams through a few weeks of mat drills. Most coaches conduct the drills early in the morning, like 5:45 am early, to help build team chemistry and toughness.

Players generally dread the drills, which include a number of 2-minute agility stations. The focus is on finishing drills, discipline, physical & mental toughness. Leaders rise to the top and the weak become totally exposed.

At Clemson, Dabo Swinney is leading the Tigers through their version of the grueling workouts. Swinney, like most head coaches, takes the final minutes to share his thoughts and develop the team.

Following Clemson’s recent workout, Swinney explained to the Tigers, “It’s about team. If we’re going to win, if we’re going to be successful, it’s going to be through team.”

“There’s not one person better than the team, bigger than the team. Not one coach, none of us. We got to all grab hands and work together, do it together.”

Here’s the latest video of the Clemson mat drills: