Bowden Wants Better Performance In Scrimmage

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CLEMSON - After Saturday's scrimmage at Death Valley the Clemson Tigers will have reached the halfway point of fall camp. Two weeks down, two weeks left until the season opener.

Save for the odd bolt of lightning or stray pop-up thunderstorm chasing them off the field from time to time, head coach Tommy Bowden believes everything is running pretty much right on schedule.

"We've been pretty fortunate with injuries," he said after Friday's practice. "The weather hasn't been as cooperative as we would like, like today when we were ready to go out at 3:30 and had to wait for an hour. But other than that things have gone well.

"I don't think we could have prepared any harder than we have so far."

As for the scrimmage, Bowden said he'll be watching the turnover battle closely, as well as how effectively assignments are carried out.

"We didn't have any lost turnovers in the first scrimmage, but we did put the ball on the ground a couple of times," he said. "We'll evaluate the number of missed assignments on offense and defense; We'll look at the number of dropped balls, and look for improved tackling from the first scrimmage.

"Overall, we want to see (better) execution on offense and defense."

In other news from Friday:

- Freshman running back James Davis had not returned from Atlanta, as previously expected. Bowden said he could be back in camp Saturday.

Fellow freshman Dorrell Scott, also out of camp for most of the week, is expected back Saturday.

- Bowden announced that three seniors - tight end Cole Downer, tight end Thomas Hunter and linebacker Lionel Richardson - have been put on scholarship.

Downer missed Friday's practice with a hamstring injury. Christian Capote (knee) and Kelvin Grant (separated shoulder) were out again, as well.

Defensive end Charles Bennett was back Friday, returning to the field after missing Thursday due to a death in the family.

Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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