Observations from Friday's practice
|Friday, August 5, 2011, 7:06 PM- -|
CLEMSON – The rains came in bunches during almost every home game in 2009, and the Clemson Tigers won the ACC Atlantic Division Championship.
So, maybe it was sign of things to come that shortly after the Tigers opened up their first fall practice on the practice fields behind Jervey that the skies opened up and the rain came in…you guessed it..bunches.
As a result, the team spent an early part of the practice inside at the indoor track facility, and the media on hand were allowed to watch the team go through several drills, and even though the players were inside and not moving at full speed, TigerNet was able to make some observations .
First off, running back Andre Ellington looked completely healthy and showed no signs of a limp. He took some handoffs as new offensive coordinator Chad Morris ran the team through some installs, and he showed absolutely no signs of the toe injury that sidelined him after the Boston College game last season.
*Freshman running back Mike Bellamy is as quick as advertised. He also ran through some drills, and he has unbelievable quickness. Considering he wasn’t even close to moving at full speed, I can't wait to see him out on the field.
*Freshman defensive lineman Joe Gore was at practice and on crutches, the only member of the team not allowed to participate. He had surgery on his knee back in early July, and the prognosis then was that he would miss six to eight weeks, putting his season in jeopardy.
Gore enrolled early at Clemson and went through spring practice with the Tigers, with a sack in the spring game. He was listed as the third-team strongside defensive end behind Malliciah Goodman and Kourtnei Brown coming out of the spring.
*Freshman linebacker Tony Steward had a brace on his surgically repaired knee, but he didn’t seem to be limping and looked like he was ready to go. And this guy is huge, a monster. One of the more impressive linebackers – from a physical standpoint – that Clemson has had in a long time.
*Another freshman linebacker that was running around was Stephone Anthony, and even though the temperature inside the track facility was the same as a sauna (think 125 degrees and add the humidity), Anthony was all over the place.
*Freshman wide receiver Martavis Bryant is going to be a big target for Boyd this season. Bryant is listed at 6-4, but he looks bigger in his No. 1 jersey. He was very easy to spot with the wide receivers. And sophomore wide receiver Nuk Hopkins looks bigger as well. He looks taller and also looks like he has added about 15 pounds of muscle over the summer.
I know a lot of people have been asking about what numbers the freshmen will wear, and here are the numbers that were given to us today at the practice.
# Player Position 76 Shaq Anthony OL 12 Stephone Anthony LB 5 Mike Bellamy RB 1 Martavis Bryant WR 92 Roderick Byers DE 93 Corey Crawford DE 2 Cortez Davis DB 44 B.J. Goodson LB 73 Joe Gore DE 13 Adam Humphries WR 50 Grady Jarrett DT 36 Ammon Lakip PK 88 Eric Mac Lain TE 96 Jerome Maybank DT 12 Tony McNeal QB 58 Ryan Norton C 19 Charone Peake WR 78 Spencer Region OL 16 Morgan Roberts QB 81 Stanton Seckinger WR 27 Robert Smith DB 7 Tony Steward LB 8 Cole Stoudt QB 20 Lateek Townsend LB 48 Colton Walls LB 7 Sammy Watkins WR 99 DeShawn Williams DT