Bowden Hopes Scrimmage Answers Some Questions


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CLEMSON, SC - Saturday morning's scrimmage at Death Valley will give Clemson coach Tommy Bowden a chance to review any questions he may have about his team so far in 2000.

Whether or not any answers come from the planned two-hour tête-à-tête remains to be seen.

But the second year coach hopes to see a glimmer of light in several areas, including:

- Who is going to settle into the critical spots on special teams?

- If freshman kicker Aaron Hunt's tired leg/hip flexor allow him to participate, how will he stack up against a suddenly rejuvenated Tony Lazzara?

- How will the young offensive and defensive linemen perform in their first extended live action?

- Can sophomore Bernard Rambert and freshman Keith Kelly begin to push junior running back Travis Zachery for playing time?


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Bowden talks to media after practice on Thurs. (2:48)


"There's so many things we need to see, and we're going to try to see as many as we can," Bowden said after Friday's afternoon practice. "You'd like to see who's going to make plays. (All-American linebacker) Keith (Adams) probably won't play much, Rod Gardner probably won't play much. And Carswell...you'd like to see those guys make plays while they're in there, then get them out so you can see the younger guys."

Notes:

- Bowden said he was impressed with the way his second-team offensive linemen and cornerbacks are pushing the starters, creating competition at those positions.

- Graduate student and fullback Terry Witherspoon has made huge strides in his conditioning in a short period of time. In his fifth and final lap around the field in Friday's "Circle of Death" drill, Witherspoon ran the circumference of the playing field in 55 seconds. Just last week his time was closer to 75-80 seconds. Bowden has said Witherspoon could become a factor at tailback if he can get his weight down into the high 240s.

- Preseason All-American safety Robert Carswell will be one of the featured players on the Playboy All-America Team special which will be televised at noon, Aug. 26, on WSPA-TV 7.

- Bowden invited all the seniors to his home Friday for dinner.
"Steak and chicken," Bowden said.

- Injury update:

Out - Rod Gardner (turf toe), Kyle Young (foot), Justin Watts (knee), Derrick Hamilton (hamstring), Altroy Bodrick (ankle), Charles Harper (hamstring), Neely Page (back), Keith Kelly (hip flexor) and Aaron Hunt (hip flexor). Watts, Young, Hamilton, Harper, Page and Kelly all are expected to miss this morning's scrimmage.

In - Chad Carson and Will Merritt.
Dan Scott is the sports editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger.
His columns can be read at www.dailyjournalmessenger.com.

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