Bowden Hopes Unusual Schedule Means Fresh Legs


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CLEMSON - The five-day turnaround between games continues to be a work in progress for Tommy Bowden's football team.

Clemson went through a near two-hour workout Thursday afternoon at the Jervey practice facility, as the Tigers' coach prepares his team for Louisiana Monroe (Saturday, 1 p.m.). The practice was just the second this week, as opposed to the usual four the team puts in on a regular Saturday-to-Saturday schedule.

"I want to make sure they have their legs," Bowden said following practice. "If we struggle it will be because of something else, not because we're tired. I wanted to make sure we're fresh."

A normal practice schedule during the regular season looks like this:

- Two hours on Monday;

- Two-and-a-half each on Tuesday and Wednesday, full pads and full speed;

- Two hours on Thursday;

- Short walk-through at the hotel on Friday.

Because of the Monday game this week, the Tigers didn't practice at all Tuesday and went two hours each on Wednesday and Thursday.

So because of the shortened schedule, Friday's walk-through will be more detailed.

"We're going to have to expand (it)," Bowden said. "We'll go over there and spend a little bit longer than we did against Florida State and do a little bit more. We'll be more detailed...

Briefly:

- Bowden said Christian Capote worked again at the right guard spot for a time on Thursday, but how much - if any - action he'll see there remains to be seen. The top two on the depth chart at the spot - Thomas Austin (sprained ankle) and Brandon Pilgrim (elbow) - will be game-time decisions Saturday.

- There were no new injuries to report Thursday.

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