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Competition heating up at defensive end

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney did not say Thursday if Xavier Thomas is ahead of Logan Rudolph or Rudolph is ahead of Thomas. What he did say is that the competition at defensive end, through the first six practices of fall camp, has been “awesome.”

“It is competition for all of them,” he said following Thursday’s practice behind the Allen Reeves Football Complex in Clemson. “It is not just XT and Logan, it’s (Justin) Foster, it’s K.J. (Henry), its (Justin) Mascoll, those five. Those guys can play anywhere. We are just trying to create competition between all of them.