Bowden: Better Execution Will Help Offense


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<font class=caption>Derrick Hamilton leads the ACC in all purpose yards with 155.2 per game.</a>
Derrick Hamilton leads the ACC in all purpose yards with 155.2 per game.

CLEMSON - Meeting the statewide media for the first time since last
Thursday's 38-6 loss to N.C. State, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden stressed
a need for better execution of the offensive game plan.


Bowden said film reviews of the nationally-televised debacle showed the
Tigers' offense was its own worst enemy at least as often as the Wolfpack
fouled up things. Asked for specific examples, he ticked them off, one by
one:


"We had some drops. The biggest problems were short yardage and goal line.
Then we also missed some open receivers," he said. "Then, of course, we had
too many turnovers. Those would be the biggest things we've got to correct to
make an improvement."


Bowden also continued to lament the lack of field vision of his quarterbacks,
Willie Simmons and Charlie Whitehurst.


Disputing the notion that the duo spent much of the night running from poor
pass protection ("That may have happened six or seven times"), Bowden instead
worried that too many open receivers were being ignored.


"We were open several times Thursday night and we couldn't get the ball to
them.," he said. "There was a 15-yard area in the middle of the field open a
bunch, and I think we
hit it once. That's something you have to hit."


That inefficiency, coupled with two more Simmons' fumbles against the
Wolfpack, have led Bowden to be coy about who will start Saturday's game at
Duke - though at least one publication Tuesday quoted quarterback coach Mike
O'Cain as saying Simmons would get the nod.


No such pronouncement was forthcoming from Bowden, however.


"I'll watch our quarterbacks in practice this week and evaluate as we go
along," he said. "There will be competition. When I decide you (media) will
be the first to know."

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