Tigers Wrap Up First Half Of Spring Practice

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CLEMSON - Clemson had made it almost completely through the first half of spring practice without a serious injury. That streak nearly ended Wednesday.

Reserve center Barry Humphries suffered a severely sprained ankle during live scrimmaging Wednesday afternoon, the last workout before the team goes away for spring break.

The good news, head coach Tommy Bowden said, is that the injury wasn't as serious as it could have been.

"It's a high ankle sprain, but I don't think it's broken," he said. "I hope we can get him back after spring break."

The injury came during another session of live scrimmaging in which the defense continues to dominate the Tiger offense.

The defense only allowed one touchdown in open-field scrimmaging (they did give up two in goal-line situations) and forced numerous fumbles on the afternoon. The offense couldn't come up with any big plays, which has become a trend.

But Bowden would like to see more big plays defensively, too.

"Defense is starting to play with a little more continuity," he said. "We're installing a whole bunch on offense so you're not going to have any continuity. (But) we didn't get any big plays today on offense or defense. There hasn't been any good hitting, which is a little bit disappointing.

"We haven't really stunned anybody enough to make us move a drill. You'd like to have a couple of those drill-moving hits. We play enough zone that we should have some good hits."

Offensively Bowden said his backs and wideouts fumbled "too many times to be mentioned" during the scrimmage.

But that's about the only area in which he's been disappointed so far this spring.

"We have way too many, so I'm not pleased there," he said. "I've been real pleased with injuries. We've kept them to a minimum. And my preference would be always for the defense to be ahead of the offense and for the offense to have difficulty scoring. So we've been okay in that area."

The Tigers resume spring practice March 27.

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