With winter winding down, March will be a busy month throughout the ACC for football programs. Except for Duke, who held their first workout early last month, the rest of the conference is scheduled to hit the practice field for the first time in March.
Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins have departed for the NFL, so Clemson isn’t short on holes to fill for the upcoming season. A day before the Tigers get their spring practices underway, head coach Dabo Swinney announced four players will be suspended for 2014′s opening game.
Violation of team rules will prevent Corey Crawford, Shaq Anthony, David Beasley, and Garry Peters from making the trip for the game against Georgia.
“A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field,” Swinney said in a statement, via WYFF in South Carolina.
Crawford was an Honorable Mention All-ACC selection last year after recording 52 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. He also had one interception. It came in Clemson’s first game of the season, against Georgia.
Anthony started three games in 2013 at right tackle, Beasley started seven at left guard, and Peters Had 28 tackles as a reserve cornerback.
Clemson suspends four football players for season opener