It might take some time for Lyn-J Dixon to get out the Clemson coaching staff’s doghouse.
Through the first two games of the season, Dixon has been limited to just five carries and heading into the Georgia Tech game, the senior running back is still buried on the depth chart, behind youngsters Kobe Pace and Will Shipley.
“That’s just where he is,” head coach Dabo Swinney said on his weekly call in show. “That’s just where he’s earned to be right now. Kobe and Shipley have done what they needed to do on and off the field to be in that position.”
Swinney went a little further into detail, noting that Dixon needs to fully buy into the culture of the program, on and off the field.
“Lyn-J is hopefully gonna come on and mature a little bit and buy into what we need him to do on and off the field,” Swinney said. “If he does that, the football part will take care of itself. But it all goes together. Or at least it does here.”
Earlier on Monday, offensive coordinator Tony Elliott hinted at there being some kind of riff between Dixon and new running backs coach C.J. Spiller.
“Obviously, Lyn-J has been used to me, and now he’s just getting used to Spiller,” Elliott said. “But y’all know Spiller, y’all know the character that he has and how he’s going to establish the hierarchy in that room. And any of us that are in a situation where you’ve got a chain of command, you’ve got to respect the chain of command and do things according to how the person that’s leading the room sets it. So, it’s really more accountability and communication between the two. They’re working through it. But you know our program, too. That’s what the foundation of our program is; accountability.”
Dixon took to Twitter over the weekend in an attempt to defend himself against some of the assumptions being made, but has since deleted the tweet.
“I’m a great team player I love to see all my brothers eat on the field,” he tweeted.
In his limited action through the first two games, Dixon has shown he can be a valuable part of the offense. How much he’s involved going forward, if at all, remains to be seen.
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