Bowden offering no clues to Blue Devils


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Saturday will be the last home game for Streeter and the other seniors.

CLEMSON, SC -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden worked at Duke as the offensive coordinator from 1984-87. He knows what it's like trying to recruit at Harvard of the South.


"The biggest obstacle there is admissions," he said. "The do not bend one bit."
So, he doesn't figure the brains at Duke need any help coming up with a game plan for this Saturday's game at Death Valley.


Maybe he'll play two quarterbacks. Maybe he won't. Bowden's not giving up one single clue as to what the game plan will be for the Blue Devils.


"I'm not making the decision until Saturday," he said. "I'd be crazy to say what I'm doing. They would have five days to prepare."


You can draw your own conclusions from Saturday's game against Wake Forest.


Woody Dantzler started his fourth straight game after coming off the bench against North Carolina when Brandon Streeter suffered a broken collarbone. But when Dantzler struggled to score points against Wake, Bowden brought in Streeter, who was cleared to play a couple of days earlier.


Streeter led Clemson to a field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Clemson's 12-5 win. Streeter appears to be completely healthy and not worried about re-injuring his shoulder.


Trying to get inside Bowden's head and figure out what he's going to do this Saturday against Duke is like trying to open a can of soup with your bare hands.
"The only time I've ever been around a two-quarterback system Florida State went 11-0 in 1979," he said. "The old timers will say, 'You've got to have one guy for leadership and for the team to rally around.' Florida State went 11-0 in 1979. Where was all that then."


Don't put all that into your brains and start calculating just yet, Duke. Bowden's not finished. A few minutes later he changes directions.


"We've played one guy for three or four games. Why would I play two now?"
That's a good question. Bowden talked Saturday about Streeter getting a good start to the end of his senior year. There was a reason Streeter was starting ahead of Dantzler before he was injured.


Maybe Dantzler returns to his backup role. That would seem to be the likely scenario.


"It's a great problem to have," said Bowden. "Two quarterbacks with experience. You couldn't have a better problem. I couldn't ask for a more positive scenario that what we had happen."


Add to the scenario that Dantzler was pulling for Streeter as he led Clemson down the field in the fourth quarter against Wake Forest. An absence of attitudes always helps a two-quarterback situation.


Evidently, Bowden also thinks a lack of clarity helps as well.


Duke will find out who will be playing when you do.

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