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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word “open enrollment” sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there’s always a nagging feeling that you’re wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Care Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you’re in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in cityname or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you’re approaching the golden years of your life, it’s important you understand what Medicare is if you don’t already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor’s visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Care Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won’t cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called “PDPs,” these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Care Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Ladson

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in “gaps” that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Care Insurance Solutions sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:




Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Care Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you will be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agency that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Care Insurance Solutions has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in cityname is during the six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Ladson, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Care Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called “MA Plans” or “Part C,” Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an “all in one” solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Care Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in cityname. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor

Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan’s service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan’s network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

The Senior Care Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.

Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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Market Focus: Cheetah Clean Auto Wash breaks ground on mega site

This week, we cover the groundbreaking for Cheetah Clean Auto Wash, new wash plans and a grand opening.J. Warner Ventures breaks ground on new Cheetah Clean Auto Wash mega siteBOWLING GREEN, Ky. — J. Warner Ventures Inc., parent company of Cheetah Clean Auto Wash, which has locations across Kentucky, held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, July 19, 2021 to celebrate the start of construction on its Cave Mill Station Blvd. location in Bowling Green, Kentucky, according to a press release.This site will be home...

This week, we cover the groundbreaking for Cheetah Clean Auto Wash, new wash plans and a grand opening.

J. Warner Ventures breaks ground on new Cheetah Clean Auto Wash mega site

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — J. Warner Ventures Inc., parent company of Cheetah Clean Auto Wash, which has locations across Kentucky, held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, July 19, 2021 to celebrate the start of construction on its Cave Mill Station Blvd. location in Bowling Green, Kentucky, according to a press release.

This site will be home to Cheetah Clean Auto Wash’s newest, largest and most technologically-advanced site yet.

This state-of-the-art car cleaning facility will be over 10,000 square feet and will boast the longest conveyor system in the Bowling Green market — spanning over 140 feet in length — and will be the largest car cleaning facility within a 200-mile radius.

This site will also be home to the first belted conveyor system in Bowling Green-Warren County.

The belted conveyor will make it easier for Cheetah Clean customers to pull their vehicles into the wash, creating an even better customer service experience.

The new site will also offer a second belted conveyor interior cleaning line that will showcase an eight-minute interior detailing option that will include vacuuming; air purging; wet wiping of all hard interior surfaces; and cleaning of the interior windows, which will be performed by eight to 16 expertly-trained Cheetah Clean technicians.

For those who still prefer to do their own interior cleaning, the Cave Mill Station site will possess 12 high-suction vacuum stalls at no additional charge and will be fully equipped with all the free amenities for self-cleaning automobiles that Cheetah Clean customers have come to expect and enjoy.

The new corporate headquarters offices will also be on-site and include lockers and break rooms for Cheetah Clean associates.

“This company milestone is fulfilling a vision that has been in the works for close to 15 years,” said Cheetah Clean owner, president and CEO Jeff Fields. “This site was inspired by a European carwash tour I went on back in 2016. While overseas, I toured one of the largest carwashes in the world: Mr. Wash in Stuttgart, Germany. Our new wash is being modeled after their processes and those of the Loogman Car Wash facilities in Amsterdam. We will focus on cleaning the vehicle’s exterior and interior in the most advanced and efficient processes known to man.”

Fields said the company’s growth was no accident but a product of the unique business culture and service offerings.

“Cheetah Clean is stronger than ever. We have fantastic associates, and we really have a special camaraderie in our organization’s culture, with leadership that buys in and fully supports the vision. The future is bright for this industry-leading company. A special thanks to all our clientele. We have had over 15,000 Unlimited members who support our facilities. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. Our customer service experience is at the forefront of all our initiatives — striving to provide the most effective and efficient cleaning systems, created with our own proprietary tools and techniques. Cheetah Clean outperforms other washes by providing superior vehicle cleanliness in the quickest timeframe possible.”

The Cheetah Clean Auto Wash Cave Mill Station mega site is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and provide a significant economic boost to Bowling Green-Warren County by creating approximately 50 $15-plus per hour jobs along with millions of dollars of capital reinvestment back into the community.

Fields concluded, “We are very excited to bring a world-class carwash operation to the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky.”

The Wash Tub offering free carwashes to all educators, faculty and staff.

SAN ANTONIO — The Wash Tub would like to show our appreciation to all teachers, faculty and staff by offering a free “Full Service Premier Shine Car Wash,” according to a press release.

This service will be offered for the week of Saturday, July 31st through Sunday, August 8th.

Educators must present valid employee IDs to receive a free wash.

The Wash Tub’s Full Service Car Wash includes a complete interior vacuum, soft cloth wash, towel dry, air freshener, tire shine, complete wipe down of dash and console, and all windows cleaned inside and out; it has a retail value of $26.

Citrus County getting two new carwashes

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — According to, there are two new carwashes coming to Lecanto and Crystal River, Florida.

Caliber Car Wash is building its second site at 2927 County Rd. 491 but has not yet announced an opening date.

The first Caliber Car Wash opened in April 2020, and the company is currently expanding in central Florida, with another location planned for Ocala, Florida, where its first site is located.

“Central Florida has played a vital role in shaping the company’s community presence and houses our first wash,” Mac McCall, Caliber’s spokesperson, said.

In Crystal River, Big Dan’s Car Wash is awaiting city officials to approve revised plans to its building, which will be located at State Rd. 44 and U.S. 19.

The carwash had already submitted its original plans, which were approved, and Crystal City Manager Ken Frink said staffers have been ready to issue the permit for a while.

However, city officials wanted to make some changes, so Big Dan’s resubmitted its plans for approval.

Big Dan’s plans to open in the fall of 2021.

Titus Express Car Wash opens new location

NEW CANEY, Texas — According to, Titus Express Car Wash is hosting a grand opening event on July 31st at its new site at 23685 Walton Ave. in New Caney, Texas.

The business opened to the public on June 1st.

Owner Terry Schmidt said the carwash would offer free washes all day, free food and snow cones as well as face painting and balloons for children.

Attendees will also have a chance to win tickets for Houston Astros’ games and gift cards.

Furthermore, Titus Express will donate $5 per carwash and match any donations made by customers on-site during the event to the H-Town Dream Center, a Houston nonprofit that assists the hungry, women and children in crisis as well as at-risk youth.

Titus Express offers four wash packages, free vacuums and access to towels and an air pressure machine to clean the insides of vehicles after the wash.

Trash dumping in Ladson has residents worried

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Litter has worsened in the Lowcountry during the pandemic, but a discovery by a man and his wife in Ladson could show it’s getting bigger than ever.Belmont Court resident Scott Salisbury says he was walking his dogs on Sunday, when he discovered a nearly 25-foot boat had been dumped in his neighborhood.“This is by far the oddest thing that I have seen out here," Salisbury said. "Years ago, there was an abandoned truck further up the trail, that I’m sure was, that was aband...

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Litter has worsened in the Lowcountry during the pandemic, but a discovery by a man and his wife in Ladson could show it’s getting bigger than ever.

Belmont Court resident Scott Salisbury says he was walking his dogs on Sunday, when he discovered a nearly 25-foot boat had been dumped in his neighborhood.

“This is by far the oddest thing that I have seen out here," Salisbury said. "Years ago, there was an abandoned truck further up the trail, that I’m sure was, that was abandoned up there. But in the last 30 years this is the oddest thing I’ve seen up here."

He says litter has been a problem since he moved into the neighborhood 25 years ago, but never anything like this.

“Every week there’s always something new, every month there’s mattresses, there’s garbage,” said Salisbury.

He says he is asking for help to fix the problem. We reached out to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for information on the incident and they say they did respond to the scene but did not file a report.

Berkeley County Government says they are waiting on more information on the situation.

“Above all, it’s pollution. This all ends up in out drinking water," Salisbury said. "I don’t know if I consider myself a big environmentalist, or maybe as I should be. But we have to be better stewards to the planet. The county landfill is 12 miles from here, and it’s free to Berkeley County residents. There’s no excuse for this."

As of Tuesday afternoon, the boat is still in the spot it was dropped at.

Charleston Animal Society\'s \'Fill the Truck\' and adoption event scheduled for this weekend. (Charleston Animal Society)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston Animal Society will host a "Fill the Truck" and adoption event this weekend at the Mount Pleasant Town Centre, in hopes of collecting donations and finding homes for animals.

The society will be collecting new or gently used household items both Saturday and Sunday to donate to Second Chance Resale and Adoption Center. Proceeds from the resale will directly benefit the Charleston Animal Society.

Donations to fill the truck will be accepted Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 2 p.m. Adoptable pets will be onsite on Saturday, only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Oaks, which is across from Barnes and Noble.

The Mount Pleasant Towne Center said it plans to partner with the animal society again for events like Paws on the Patio and a Halloween pet costume contest on October 30.

For every second Thursday of each month from September to November, the community is invited to Paws on the Patio at Burtons Grill to benefit the animal society. The special event will include special drink tickets, special appetizers and party favors courtesy of Hairy Winston Pet Boutique.

The Oaks at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is located at 1218 Belk Drive.

A Look Back At The Demise Of American LaFrance Speedster

The American LaFrance Company has roots that dig deep, all the way back to the mid-1830s. We all know that evolution is only an admirable form of inheritance. The ALFs heritage is richly embedded with true passion, one that embezzled every creation with a gloss of mere perfection.Amidst the wild and unpredictable American Industrial Revolution in the 1850s, Truckson LaFrance and his accomplices managed to lay down the foundation of the LaFrance Manufacturing Company. To be precise, the company sprung to life in 1873.The busines...

The American LaFrance Company has roots that dig deep, all the way back to the mid-1830s. We all know that evolution is only an admirable form of inheritance. The ALFs heritage is richly embedded with true passion, one that embezzled every creation with a gloss of mere perfection.

Amidst the wild and unpredictable American Industrial Revolution in the 1850s, Truckson LaFrance and his accomplices managed to lay down the foundation of the LaFrance Manufacturing Company. To be precise, the company sprung to life in 1873.

The business began as a true wild west adventure. The newly established LaFrance Manufacturing Company began its journey by selling hand-controlled hardware. Their primary focus was on building and recreating horse-drawn carriages as well as steam-controlled fire trucks.

Three decades later, the sweet fruit of patience and relentless perseverance blessed them as they outshone their competition regardless of the exponential technological advancements made in the early 1900s. The International Fire Engine (IFE) Company joined hands with the LaFrance Manufacturing Company in 1903. It wasn\'t until 1907 that they released their prototype of a fire engine.

Over the prolonged period of their existence, both the IFE and American LaFrance have made a large number of fire engines and hardware. Their showdown of manifestations has been wide yet focused on crisis reaction vehicles, like ambulances and fire trucks.

After this thing only went downhill for LaFrance.The backlash of the American LaFrance company is one dreadfully painful history to hear about. Hardships are inevitable, but sometimes luck is also unfavourable.

Let\'s dive deep back to the beginning of their misery.

Side Gig Of The LaFrance Manufacturing: The Speedsters

It wasn\'t that they never cared to produce other automobiles. Their established monopoly was healthy and profitable enough to stay satisfied. The ALF has produced models beyond fire trucks. The American LaFrance Speedster was one of their attempts to do something out of their comfort zone. The 1992 LaFrance Speedster was the vehicle that caught the attention of many.

It sat on a 142-inch wheelbase and was controlled by a four-chamber motor with double chain drive. This vehicle was a two-seater with a Stutz Bearcat-Esque monocle windscreen. It had a reinforced gas tank and a wood-managed trunk.

Numerous vehicles were sculpted on their fire engine skeleton and utilized a similar essential running stuff. A significant number of the Speedsters were fueled by the solid \'pair-cast\' four-chamber motor that included Ram\'s Horn’s bay complex, Zenith carburettor and Eisenmann Magento.

As of today, many of the older ALF fire trucks have been transformed into speedsters.

Figgie International: A Messiah Or A Step To Prolong The Inevitable?

In the mid-1980s ALF went through another major corporate change. It became one with Figgie International, which already possessed Snorkel, Scott Aviation, Automatic Sprinkler and Safety Supply America. It moved out of the well established East La France Street plant in Elmira and into a bigger, 500,000 square-foot plant not too far off. Unfortunately, in 1985, Figgie was forced to shut down the plant.

The hard floor never bound them to their feet. The organization fired up in Bluefield, W.Va. Which was another plant run by Kersey Manufacturing and possessed by Figgie International. After the new alliance, the organization would be known as Kersey American LaFrance.

But time never favoured them as, by early 1994, the branch had come sadly to a silent halt.

The Demise Of The Scarlet Trucks

In 1996, the Freightliner Corporation directly under a former worker, Jin Hebe, purchased the company. Freightliner again put a lot of cash into ALF. The idea was to construct a case plant in North Carolina that essentially sculpted ALF\'s Eagle taxis and frames for any producer.

In any case, that arrangement didn\'t keep the system functional for a long period. Hebe purchased LTI to make stepping stools for ALF. He also bought 3D, Boardman, RD Murray, Rescue Master, Snorkel and a large group of different organizations for the same reason.

ALF started constructing the whole line of contraptions and moved into an empty Western Star truck plant in Ladson, S.C. In 2005, it was declared that Patriarch Partners, a New York-based venture firm, had purchased the organization.

Be that as it may, in 2007, ALF moved into one more home: another, 500,000 square foot working in Summerville, S.C. In 2008, the company had finally unwillingly filed for bankruptcy. Even after revival, the company\'s glory was short-lived as it sank once again to bankruptcy in 2014.

People hold the management responsible to date for having considered that Fire trucks and Garbage Trucks could be sold by the same company as they have the same chassis.

American LaFrance: The Vain, Valiant Battle For Reputation

Even after 100 years of true passion and perseverance, the legacy is left amidst the winds of time. The firefighters fought a valiant war against time and many people will remember the name LaFrance. After all, history is cast only by the brave and LaFrance did bloom its name.

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Swinney on Uiagalelei, Will Taylor, offense, S.C. State

CLEMSON | Upon further review of his team\'s second game of the season, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney addressed members of the media Sunday evening as part of his weekly, in-season teleconference.ALSO SEE: Questions to ponder | 4-star Joseph Commits To Clemson | ...

CLEMSON | Upon further review of his team\'s second game of the season, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney addressed members of the media Sunday evening as part of his weekly, in-season teleconference.

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Clemson will begin practice week on Monday in preparation for its conference opener versus Georgia Tech next Saturday. The Tigers will host the Yellow Jackets for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Clemson opened as a 29-point favorite earlier Sunday.

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The following is an edited, abbreviated transcript of Swinney\'s Sunday evening teleconference.

OPENING STATEMENTS: "Got through the film and grades. I\'m really proud of our team, how they prepared and how they competed. We had tremendous preparation. The objective was to get better and we definitely improved as a team. Playing a lot of guys is good for morale early in the season.

"Offensively, I loved our first group. I\'m disappointed that our second group did not score more. We were balanced. I thought D.J. did a nice job in his decision-making in the rushing game. We had 130 yards after the catch and a lot of yards after contact. I was really impressed with Kobe and Shipley and the yards they got after contact. No sacks. Still, some things where we need to get better. We put the ball on the ground too many times. We had two interceptions.

"Defensively, we played 41 guys. The effort was tremendous. We had no penalties, so we had good discipline. No touchdowns allowed. They punted 11 times. We had just one sack but that was a product of them getting the ball out quickly. They were just 2 of 16 on third down. I was most encouraged defensively over the fact that we subbed a lot and our backups did not let them score.

"Special teams, two weeks in a row we have made good strides there. We\'re punting well and another huge play on punt return. Will Taylor has a chance to be a dangerous guy there.

"Injury-wise, Jake (Venables) has a little bit of a hamstring, still. Most everybody is going to be fine. We\'ll know more tomorrow on a couple of guys. We\'re pretty good everywhere else."

Q: How do think Kobe Pace and Will Shipley did with their releases yesterday?

SWINNEY: "Good. They did a nice job. That whole first group took a big step forward. We\'re nowhere near where we can be and where we\'re going to be. D.J. played better. Just tremendous upside with him. But the backs did a nice job. They made guys miss. They did a good job with their protections and got out when they were supposed to."

Q: The high throw (interception) got some attention, but can you talk about your evaluation of the screen game overall?

SWINNEY: "We didn\'t do much in the screen game last week but we did this week. It was mostly our backups. That was a high overthrow and that was going to be a big play. We just sailed the ball high there. We did some good stuff but we have to be better on the perimeter. We had one late in the game where we had one guy who didn\'t block the spot. Definitely an area where we have to be better. We had a nice one to Lyn-J which was well-blocked. We did some good things and had some production and good stuff with our RPO. We had 130 yards after the catch and a lot of those are RPO-type things. We\'re not anywhere near as precise as we need to be, but this was a good game for us to get some things on tape."

Q: Any of your backs starting to separate some?

SWINNEY: "The top three guys deserve carries right now, for sure. I don\'t really see that changing. All three will continue to warrant opportunity. We\'re going to need them, for sure. You just wish Dukes would take another step and be more consistent and detailed in what he does. And we all trust Rencher. You know what you\'re going to get with him. They played well. Hard to see separation there."

Q: How do you feel your offensive line backups did?

SWINNEY: "The first group was much better. Putnam played much better. Bockhorst played well. No. 74 Tate is going to get better and better. Two weeks in a row McFadden was just solid as a rock. The first group, I was pleased with. Tchio did OK, but got on the ground a couple of times. Trent and Mitchell Mayes played well. I am super excited about Dietrick. He got banged up, so he only got a few plays. He\'s a very big, strong, active kid who is learning. They did a solid job. Hunter Rayburn got some time in a couple of spots and held up well. Overall, that whole second group is not quite as consistent as we need them to be to finish up drives."

Q: What did you see from Jeremiah Trotter yesterday?

SWINNEY: "I have seen all I need to see in practice. He\'s going to be a great one. It was good to get Trotter in. Sergio Allen had some nice plays in there, too. Trotter did what I see him do all the time. He made some nice plays, had a sack and had several hustle plays. He is a really good young prospect. I am super excited about him. That first group, though, was tremendous. Baylon Spector and Skalski do an awesome job. They\'re just very sure tacklers."

Q: Is Trotter more instinctive than other (young) linebackers you\'ve seen come through?

SWINNEY: "Yes. I think that\'s fair to say about him. Sometimes it takes guys awhile to really settle in. He\'s a very natural football player. He really understands the game. He has a nose for the ball. He\'s an explosive player. I\'m excited to see him do what he\'s doing. Barrett got out there and got some good snaps in, too."

Q: How would you grade out your receivers over your first two games?

SWINNEY: "We got better. Justyn Ross played outstanding. It was great to see him bounce back and respond. It\'s how you impact the game. It\'s how you impact the game without the ball, too. It\'s doing your job. Ross was excellent. He could have easily had three touchdowns. Joe Ngata did some good things but also gave away some easy minuses, things he needs to clean up. Ladson did a nice job. Same thing with E.J. Williams. Getting Beaux Collins and Dacari Collins out there and getting opportunities was good to see.

"We just have to be better on the perimeter. We need to be more detailed in how we are suppose to attack things from a blocking standpoint. This group\'s best football is in front of them. That\'s why the NFL has preseason games. I say that every year. Offensive football is all about timing. You can\'t simulate the game speed in practice, especially with the energy you see on game day."

Q: What kind of feedback did E.J. give you regarding his thumb?

SWINNEY: "He was great. No issues at all. No problems."

Q: You said last night that Will Taylor is a guy you can use in different ways. How you begun to work on incorporating him more at other spots?

SWINNEY: "He\'s still full quarterback and we use him in our wildcat package some. We\'ll continue to bring him along. He doesn\'t know all the nuances of the position (at WR). He knows what to do but how to do them will take some time. He\'s never played the position. At some point we\'ll get into that transition. He has been a great quarterback, a state champion quarterback, a three-time state wrestling champion and a high draft pick in baseball. He\'s just an elite athlete. I had him in camp and had a chance to work him at receiver there. He was very natural. He\'s an explosive player. He\'s got a lot of strength to him for his size. He has a lot of confidence and is a great leader. He understands the game from a big picture standpoint. When it\'s all said and done he\'s going to have a heck of a career here."

Q: In your estimation, what is the most difficult thing to adjust to in taking over a role like the one D.J. is in right now?

SWINNEY: "The outside noise. These guys aren\'t robots. This isn\'t a video game. These are young, human beings who are imperfect. It\'s a big transition. It was the same with Trevor. Trevor had to win the job and it took him four games to do it. D.J. has played two games now in front of a crowd. It\'s the outside noise, good and bad, criticism and praise. It\'s learning how to manage all that stuff that doesn\'t matter and stay focused on what you can control. Adjusting to the speed of the game and understanding how small the margin for error is at this level. You can get away with some things in high school that you cannot on this level. The game comes easy to D.J. He really understands ball. He is a very smart kid. He prepares his tail off. He cares. He is an excellent leader. He loves to be coached. He\'s just going to get better. The sky is the limit for him."


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Gameday Guide: Clemson vs. SC State kickoff time, odds, stream, top players, TV info

Following a loss to Georgia in the 2021 season opener, No. 6 Clemson is scheduled to take on South Carolina State in the first home game of the season. Here’s what to know about the matchup, which will feature a full home stadium for the first time since 2019.Who: Clemson (0-1) vs. SC State (0-1)When: 5 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Memorial Stadium, ClemsonTV:...

Following a loss to Georgia in the 2021 season opener, No. 6 Clemson is scheduled to take on South Carolina State in the first home game of the season. Here’s what to know about the matchup, which will feature a full home stadium for the first time since 2019.

Who: Clemson (0-1) vs. SC State (0-1)

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson

TV: ACC Network

Stream: SC State vs Clemson via ESPN

Radio: 93.1 FM in the Columbia area; 105.5 FM in the Clemson area (see all Clemson radio affiliates here)

Satellite: Sirius 133, XM 193, Internet 955

Series history: Clemson leads the series against SC State 4-0. All of those games have been played at Memorial Stadium. In the last meeting, the Tigers won 59-0 on Sept. 17, 2016. The Bulldogs have only scored 20 points in the series, which began in 2008.

Betting lines are often hard to come by when it comes to a matchup between a Power Five and FCS school, and that’s the case this week. However, BettingPros listed Clemson as a 50-point favorite, while Odds Shark has a score prediction of 52-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Sunny, winds light and variable. Temperatures around 80 at kickoff, then in the low 70s by game’s end.

Both teams opened the season with a loss and will be looking to rebound in Week 2.

For Clemson, returning home to play in front of a full crowd for the first time since 2019 will be a point of excitement for players. It’s also the last game before opening conference play against Georgia Tech. The Tigers can use this opportunity to right the wrongs displayed against Georgia in preparation for their question to earn a seventh straight ACC championship.

Clemson is 35-0 against Football Championship Subdivision teams since the division was formed before the 1978 season.

Clemson will honor football great CJ Spiller at halftime of Saturday’s game. Now the Tigers’ running backs coach, he’ll be honored by the school for his upcoming selection into the College Football Hall of Fame. Representatives of the National Football Foundation will be on hand and present Spiller a plaque in advance of his formal induction in December.

Memorial Stadium will be allow for full capacity (81,500) for Saturday’s game. Mobile ticketing remains in effect. There are no restrictions on tailgating. Fans are encouraged, but not required to wear face coverings in outdoor areas when not eating and drinking. The school’s mask mandate is still in effect, though, when it comes to interior public spaces, which includes transit and shuttles. For at least the first two home games, the Tigers won’t allow its postgame Gathering at the Paw tradition.


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Kendrell Flowers, RB: The Irmo High School graduate has already faced Clemson once during his college career in 2019 while at Wake Forest, totaling nine carries for 27 yards in that game. The transfer led S.C. State in rushing over four games in the spring. He had 81 yards and three touchdowns in the 2021 opener.

Corey Fields, QB: The 2019 MEAC Rookie of the Year had an off game in his opener against Alabama A&M. He went 14-of-28 passing for 213 yard with a touchdown pass and two interceptions, an uncharacteristic stat after his 3-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio in 2019. Fields did run for a 54-yard score Saturday.

Blair Davis, LB: The sophomore Rock Hill native had a team-high 10 tackles in the opener with three pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

D.J. Uiagalelei, QB: The sophomore took responsibility for his part in the 10-3 loss to Georgia, saying he just didn’t execute. The next day, he was the first person at Clemson’s facility, ready to watch film and improve for Week Two.

Joseph Ngata, WR: Health prevented Ngata from showing his full self last season, but he was the one bright spot in Clemson’s offense this past weekend, emerging as one of Uiagalelei’s more reliable receivers in a pinch. He caught six passes for 110 yards and will look to continue his success in the absence of wide receiver EJ Williams, who will be out for 4-5 weeks with a thumb injury that required surgery.

Andrew Mukuba, SS: Clemson starting a true freshman is as rare as lightning striking the same place twice, yet the Texas native earned his spot in the Tigers’ lineup. He totaled eight tackles last Saturday, impressing his coaches enough to earn start No. 2 in the home opener.

Clemson University is located in the town of Clemson, in the Upstate region of the state of South Carolina. The university, with an enrollment of more than 20,000 undergraduates, is actually larger than the town, which has an estimated population of 16,463, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Greenville, South Carolina, with a population of roughly 70,000, is 30 miles east of Clemson.


QB: D.J. Uiagalelei (Taisun Phommachanh)

RB: Lyn-J Dixon --OR-- Kobe Pace (Will Shipley)

WR: Justyn Ross (Beaux Collins --OR-- Will Swinney)

WR: Joseph Ngata (Ajou Ajou)

WR: Frank Ladson (Dacari Collins --OR-- Will Brown)

TE: Braden Galloway --OR-- Davis Allen (Jaelyn Lay --OR-- Sage Ennis)

LT: Jordan McFadden (Paul Tchio)

LG: Marcus Tate (Hunter Rayburn)

C: Matt Bockhorst (Hunter Rayburn --OR-- Trent Howard)

RG: Will Putnam (Dietrick Pennington)

RT: Walker Parks (Mitchell Mayes)


DE: Myles Murphy --OR-- K.J. Henry --OR-- Xavier Thomas

DT: Bryan Bresee (Ruke Orhorhoro)

DT: Tyler Davis (Tre Williams)

DE: Justin Foster --OR-- Justin Mascoll --OR-- Xavier Thomas

SLB: Trenton Simpson --OR-- Malcolm Greene (Tyler Venables --OR-- Barrett Carter)

MLB: James Skalski (Jake Venables --OR-- Kane Patterson)

WLB: Baylon Spector (LaVonta Bentley --OR-- Keith Maguire --OR-- Jeremiah Trotter, Jr.)

CB: Mario Goodrich (Fred Davis --OR-- Nate Wiggins)

SS: Andrew Mukuba (Lannden Zanders --OR-- R.J. Mickens)

FS: Jalyn Phillips --OR-- Joseph Charleston (Tyler Venables)

CB: Andrew Booth (Sheridan Jones --OR-- Malcolm Greene)

Special teams

PK: B.T. Potter (Jonathan Weitz)

P: Will Spiers (Aidan Swanson)

KO: B.T. Potter (Aidan Swanson)

LS (PK, P): Jack Maddox (Holden Caspersen)

H: Will Swinney (Drew Swinney)

PR: Will Taylor (Justyn Ross)

KOR: Will Shipley (Lyn-J Dixon)


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