Bowden Quotes on Facing Tennessee in Peach Bowl
Tommy Bowden, Frank Howard and Charley Pell as the only two-time Clemson recipients of the ACC Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Tommy Bowden on facing Tennessee in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
"Meeting Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be a
tremendous challenge and opportunity for our football program. We
are playing a program that has been outstanding for many years,
especially in the last 11 years under Phillip Fulmer. He has won
the national championship within the last five years and has been
ranked in the top 10 in the nation this season.
"We have played well at the end of the season, but we are
playing a team that has won its last six games, including a landmark
victory at Miami (FL), a victory that broke a long home winning
streak for Miami. To beat Miami at Miami is quite an accomplishment.
"Tennessee is a well coached team that excels in all phases
for the game. They have an experienced, efficient quarterback in
Casey Clausen, and have a solid running game behind an outstanding
offensive line. On defense they rank in the top 20 in the nation in
pass defense, scoring defense and total defense. Four of the last
five teams have failed to reached double figures against their
"Historically, Tennessee is outstanding when it comes to
special teams and that is the case this year. They have a punter and
a punt return specialist who rank in the top five in the nation.
"Coach Fulmer has won over 80 percent of his games at
Tennessee for a reason. He always has his teams well prepared in
every phase of the game.
Clemson will practice in Clemson from December 13-22 in
preparation for the bowl. Clemson will practice in Atlanta from