Wednesday Clemson Football Practice Brief


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Clemson, SC-Clemson was back on the practice fields twice on
Wednesday, the third two-a-day session of the preseason. Clemson
will also have double practices on Friday and next Monday before
school begins on Wednesday, August 23. Clemson will practice once on
Thursday morning and have a stadium scrimmage on Saturday.

Bowden said after practice that there has been little
movement on the depth chart in terms of position changes or changes
in first or second team players. He did say that one of the best
battles is at wide receiver. "Aaron Kelly and Rendrick Taylor are in
quite a battle for a starting position at wide receiver," said
Bowden. "That has been the case all fall. Rendrick had a terrific
spring to close the gap. Both have done well this preseason."

Bowden also talked about the battle for the starting punter
position. "Jimmy Manners (pronounced MAIN-ers) has improved his
get-off time considerably since last year and he and Cole are in a
battle for the starting punter position. Cole has done well this
preseason since he missed time due to injury at the start. But,
right now I feel I have two good punters."

Bowden also said his freshmen are progressing and that he
could play 6-8 freshmen this year. "A lot of times you want to
red-shirt a class because you have a lot of veteran depth and that
gives you that luxury. We have some depth, but if we play 6-8
freshmen this year I think it is because we have a strong recruiting
class and they have the ability, so why not play them right away. I
can see us playing 6-8 freshmen, including the players we brought in
during the January semester."

The offensive line continues to take the brunt of the
injuries. Starting tight end Thomas Hunter missed practice with a
hamstring injury, while backup center Bobby Hutchinson is recovering
from a wisdom tooth problem. Brandon Pilgrim was elevated to a green
jersey and should return to practice soon. Jamarcus Grant is out
through at least the first game with a broken foot. Tramaine Billie
suffered a sprained ankle on the last play of the afternoon practice.

Bowden announced after practice that red-shirt freshman Paul
Muse had been released from his scholarship for a violation of team
rules. Muse red-shirted the 2005 season and was listed as a reserve
right end in the preseason of 2006.

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