Bowl practice observations


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New QB coach Brandon Streeter works a drill with Cole Stoudt.

CLEMSON – The Clemson football team held its second bowl practice Saturday morning, and members of the media were allowed to observe the first 30 minutes or so of the session.

Of particular interest was the quarterback group, with new quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter, To say that there was a different vibe is an understatement – it didn’t seem quite right without Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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’ Texas twang and Red Bull fueled energy.

However, it didn’t take long for Streeter’s personality to shine through – the players seemed to be struggling with Streeter’s terminology but he was telling them to be patient and it would all come together. Once the first few minutes of the session were completed, it all settled back into an easy rhythm.

Other notes

Zac BrooksZac Brooks
Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 199
Jonesboro, AR

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Injured running back Zac Brooks was jogging around the practice fields, and he didn’t appear to have any limp and he looked like he was in fantastic shape, He was working with conditioning coach Larry Greenlee, and as Brooks ran by a group of reporters he smiled and said, “Gotta get it!”

Thomas AustinThomas Austin
Sr. Offensive Guard
# 6-4, 310
Camden, SC

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Thomas Austin
Offensive Line
# 6-4, 310
Camden, SC

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Thomas Austin
Offensive Line
# 6-4, 285
Camden, SC

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New offensive line grad assistant Thomas Austin was already hard at work Saturday working with the guards and centers. I went over to watch the group work, and it was obvious that Austin is going to be a big help with the group He’s soft-spoken, but he has a teaching style that makes it easy to understand.

He spent part of the time showing the centers and guards how to pass block against a “220-pound guy who is going to use speed to get around you.”

One staff member told me that the new-look staff – with so many Clemson guys in the mix including Austin – and that there is a great feel around the football facility.

Nerf footballs

Watched the first team defense work against the scout team offense, and I noticed that the centers were snapping what looked like a bright yellow and green NERF football. However, the ball was snapped into the crowd far behind the line of scrimmage and the quarterback already had a real football in his hands.

Why?

Turns out the scout teams have had issues in the past with the center-quarterback exchange, so the smaller football is snapped so that they can have a point of reference to begin play, and the quarterback can start the play without worrying about the snap. The thought is that it helps the tempo part of the session.

Korie RogersKorie Rogers
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#43 6-2, 242
Buford, GA

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Every time I watch Rogers work out or practice, it’s kinda like “wow.” Clemson managed to redshirt Rogers and Chris RegisterChris Register
Fr. Outside Linebacker
#45 6-4, 242
Greensboro, NC

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and some of the defensive backs, and Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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will have some talented players to throw into the mix.

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