CLEMSON - One day after saying he was "encouraged" by running back Bernard
Rambert's progress in his battle with tendonitis, Clemson head coach Tommy
Bowden did an about face and decided to sit Rambert and five others for a few
Rambert, fullback Chad Jasmin (groin), defensive tackles Nick Eason (knee)
and Todd McClinton (ankle), defensive end Khaleed Vaughn (ankle) and
linebacker Eric Sampson (bruised thigh) won't practice Thursday, which will give
them an additional three days of rest before Sunday's practice.
The Tigers are off Friday and Saturday.
"I ain't doing nothing with them until Sunday," Bowden said. "I want to see
if I can get them completely healthy. Maybe we can get three days with them
(before Florida State). I need to see a little spring and bounce in their
"I just decided to change my approach."
The accumulation of bumps and bruises after four weeks would be enough reason
for such a decision, but the fact that Clemson doesn't have another off date
the remainder of the season - the break after the Thursday night North
Carolina State game (Oct. 24) is just eight days - also factored into the
Meanwhile, after hinting around the subject for the past couple of days,
Bowden all but said Eason would miss the Florida State game.
"He would be the only one that's probably out," Bowden said. "Chad would
probably be next closest."
Clemson will follow Thursday's three-hour, full pad session with the
aforementioned two days off. Players are excused after Friday's classes and
must return to campus for Sunday's practice.
Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.