Bowden Mum On Linebacker Shuffle


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CLEMSON - Whether or not the shock of losing linebacker Anthony Waters for the season has worn off, Clemson went back to work Monday evening.


With Waters out for the year with a torn ACL, the shuffling at linebacker began during the workout. Head coach Tommy Bowden confirmed that Antonio Clay - who was elevated to starter outside two weeks ago when Tremaine Billie broke his ankle - got some work at one of the inside spots on Monday.



"We're going to kind of ease through this thing and see what we need to do," he said. "We don't have anything nailed down now, but we will by the end of the week."


Of course, there was also a bit of method to Bowden's cryptic madness.


Strategy.


"I'm not going to be real specific because I'd like to make it as difficult on (Boston College) as possible," said Bowden. "Centers make calls on numbers, and if I tell them which guy I'm going to put out there they'll put a scout team guy out there for that number. So I don't want to expand on it too much, because all it will be doing is making their (game planning) easier."


Clay was back at practice Monday evening after leaving the team following Saturday's game to attend his sister's funeral.


In other news, offensive linemen Roman Fry (sprained knee) and Nathan Bennett (sprained ankle), along with defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson (sprained knee) were in yellow jerseys (no contact) Monday. All three are listed as questionable for Saturday's game at BC.


Bowden also announced the team's game MVPs from the 54-6 victory Saturday over Florida Atlantic:


- Chansi Stuckey, offense;


- Michael Hamlin, defense;


- Ray Ray McElrathbey, special teams.

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