Bowden Coy On Wide Receiver Sets
CLEMSON - With Chansi Stuckey virtually guaranteed not to play Saturday vs. N.C. State, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is doing some shuffling among his wide receivers.
Exactly what he's doing, no one knows. And he's not telling.
Stuckey continues to struggle with a sprained ankle and is listed as "highly questionable," according to Sports Information Director Tim Bourret. That has forced Bowden to work on his two, three and four wide receiver sets from a player-rotation standpoint.
But apparently he's also working on new formations - information he doesn't want to get out before Saturday.
Asked who would play the slot receiver spot, Bowden said, "I'm not going to tell you because we're doing some things with personnel. Now, if we started in a three wideout offense, it would be Airese (Currie), Curtis (Baham) and either Kelvin (Grant) or Michael (Collins).
"But we're messing around with some things, so I'm not going to tell you who's playing where."
Just having a nearly full compliment of receivers to work with is something of a change this week.
In each of the previous two weeks Bowden has had one receiver - first Grant, then Baham - suspended for a game due to academic concerns. Stuckey did not play against Utah State (Grant's suspension) because of a hamstring injury.
He then was forced out of last week's win over Maryland (Baham's suspension) with the ankle problem.
The resulting move of other receivers into and out of the rotation has had an effect on quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, Bowden said.
"There are some (continuity problems) when it's disrupted," he said.