Quotable Bowden from Tuesday's Practice

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CLEMSON - Clemson wrapped up the last of its "preseason" practices Tuesday morning. After an off day Wednesday for the first day of classes, attention Thursday turns to game-planning for the Sept. 2 season-opener vs. Florida Atlantic.

Head coach Tommy Bowden spoke on a number of issues Tuesday, including the following:

On the intensity of practice picking up

"Yeah. But not until that last week. Not today. It's too early now. Probably not much Thursday or Friday. Monday, you'll see a little bit of a different spirit. Game week you see that more. Their legs will be back. They don't feel very good right now physically."

On the usual first-game jitters

"I feel comfortable with the plan of attack from how long we've gone and what we are doing from a finishing standpoint and what the coordinators will try to put in for the first game. I feel comfortable in that regard. There's always some anxiety going into the first game. There's always some of that. That's natural and will probably happen as long as I'm in coaching."

On whether school starting is a distraction

"Most of these guys have been here for four years. I've got a lot of seniors and they've been here a while. I don't think that will be a problem. We talk about it a good bit."

On Thursday's practice plans

"It's all Florida Atlantic on scout teams. That's different than the last two to three weeks as far as what we do day to day. We'll game plan all day tomorrow for Florida Atlantic."

On how has Nick Watkins done in regaining the confidence of his coaches

"Well on the field he's doing what he's supposed to do. His problem is off the field. We'll find out Wednesday whether he'll play. He's got a week worth of classes he's got to attend before our first game. That's his problem. The things he struggles with pick up tomorrow (first day of classes). Attitude on the field has never been a problem. He's become a little bit of a better tackler and done better in this camp tackling. He needs to behave himself before the first game."

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