Bowden Press Conference Quotes and Audio Highlights

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CLEMSON, SC -- Head coach Tommy Bowden holds his weekly press
conference every Tuesday in the McFadden Building Auditorium.
Clemson football players are also available at this time for the local
media to interview. Below is the audio of these interviews. You need the
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Tommy Bowden Press Conference (30:00)

Biggest improvements Clemson needs to make after The Citadel game

"Offensive line technique and intensity are definately areas that
need improvement. We had five penalties on punt coverage so that needs to
be corrected. Also, we need better execution from our second team offense.
Last year, we struggled to be consistent from week to week on an offense
and defense so we will see this Saturday if we can be more consistent on a
weekly basis."

The tempo of the offense against The Citadel

"The objective of our offense is to go as fast as you possibly can
all the time and give yourself the opportunity to make the correct checks
at the line of scrimmage. The tempo on Saturday was pretty good but it can
be sped up. This is really Woody's first year of running the offense on his
own, so there is still room to execute at a higher efficiency level."

Missouri's All-American defensive end Justin Smith

"I do not know if one guy can block him. We will have to devise
some schemes to where he is matched up against more than just one of our
guys. You do not have to watch much film to see just how impressive he is
as a player. He is very athletic, but I think his biggest asset his
intensity. His motor runs at a very high level and that is what separates
him from everyone else. He reminds me of Keith Adams because he lines up
all over the field and he really gets your attention."

Getting the opportunity to play a team from the Big 12 conference:

"The Big 12 is a very respected conference and Missouri is going to
eventually play teams like Nebraska, Texas, and Kansas State, so we will
get the opportunity to see where we are in relation to those teams. Our
players want to get to the level of those teams and playing a team from
that conference will help them to know how far they still have to go to get
to that level."

Establishing dominance again in Death Valley:

"We have only been here a year and half but you always like to be
able to establish something that you can identify your program with.
Winning at home was a tradition here in the past but we have kind of lost
that dominance recently. We really want playing in Death Valley to get some
respect from our opponents even before the game starts. Once the game
starts you have to play and back it up, but it is a big advantage to have a
vocal crowd behind you. The crowd for The Citadel game was very vocal and
excited, and our team really fed off that. We need to have that type of
environment before every game."

Keith Adams

Altroy Bodrick on having Chad Carson as his roommate

Chad Carson on facing a large Missouri offensive line

Rod Gardner

Jason Holloman on his injured ankle

Will Merritt on facing Missouri's Justin Smith

Justin Watts on being the only player to play in the Missouri game in 1996

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