CLEMSON – Coach Dabo Swinney jokingly stated that co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott must be hiding a horseshoe somewhere because he has signed two elite running backs in the last two years.
Last season, it was Travis Etienne who shocked the coaching staff with his ability and skillset. This year, it is true freshman Lyn-J Dixon who has caught the coaching staff’s eye.
"I told Tony he's got a horseshoe up his butt,” Swinney said. “He’s on two great ones two years in a row. He's done gone to a couple little small towns two years in a row and found really I think special talents.
“Lyn-J has shown in five days that he's got the right stuff. Now he doesn't always go in the right direction and he's got a lot of technique to clean up, but man, he's tough. He's tough. He likes it. And he's fast. Got great version. Had the two best runs of anybody in short yardage today. I've very impressed with Lyn-J. It's a good situation.”
Clemson fans were not the only ones relieved when Christian Wilkins announced his intention to return to school for his senior season — so was his teammate Dexter Lawrence.
“He kind of took some pressure off me, and it's good for me because now he's back to challenge me,” Lawrence said. “I want to make more plays than him, and he wants to make more plays than me, so we're both just battling trying to see who can make the most plays, or who does the technique better, or who can get on the cut-up, because (defensive tackles) Coach (Todd) Bates makes a lot of cut-ups for us to watch, so there's a lot of technique stuff that we just challenge each other with every day.”