Bowden Talks Position Battles As Camp Heats Up


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CLEMSON - With the final day of two-a-day workouts behind him and one more major scrimmage lying ahead, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talked position battles Monday with the media.


Such as:


- Cornerback, where Tye Hill is solid on one side, but Sergio Gilliam and Chris Clemons continue to battle on the other;


"I think it's still going to go down to a few days before game day. It's that close," Bowden said. "Neither one has surfaced...or created separation, like Tye Hill on the other corner."


- Guard, where there could be a three-way or, perhaps, even a four-way battle brewing, depending on what becomes of Roman Fry;


"Nathan Bennett, Brandon Pilgrim and Chip Myrick would be the ones that are going to fight," said Bowden. "But the biggest thing is what are we going to do with Roman Fry? Do we leave him at center or guard? We're working him at both.


"He's pushing for a starting guard spot, he's pushing for a starting center spot."

- Long snapper, the spot held down last year by Geoff Rigsby;


"Nic Riddle at long snapper has been fairly consistent. I've been real pleased with him and Colin Leonard, the second team guy...Both those guys have shown enough where we're developing a comfort zone going into the game against Texas A&M," Bowden said.


- Return specialists;


"It's probably going to go..to someone returning one in a game to be the guy," Bowden said. "Right now Chansi (Stuckey) would probably be the punt returner. If he doesn't do it, we'll look at someone else..."


Bowden said leaders for the kickoff return spots are Stuckey, C.J. Gaddis and Duane Coleman.


- And finally, holder on field goals and extra points;


"Tyler Grisham could be our starting holder against Texas A&M," Bowden said. "Now, he probably won't because he's a freshman, but he's a little more athletic than (incumbent holder, punter Cole Chason). Cole has done an excellent job and there's a comfort zone there...we feel real good about that situation.


"But we'd probably have more faking opportunities with Tyler."


Donnell Clark (ankle), Kwam Williams (ankle), Cole Downer (chest injury), and Kelvin Grant (separated shoulder) were on the injured list on Monday. Christian Capote who had missed the last few days of practice with a knee injury, returned to practice Monday afternoon.


Freshman Dorrell Scott was at Monday's morning practice, but was absent again for the afternoon session. Bowden said he expects him back full time tomorrow, after he has taken care of his "personal matters."


Clemson will scrimmage for the final time Tuesday night at Death Valley, take a mandatory rest day on Wednesday, then begin preparation for the Aggies with Thursday's workout.


Tuesday's scrimmage is closed to the public.

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