Clemson Continues Two-A-Day Practices


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Clemson, SC-Clemson continued its two-a-day practices behind the
Jervey Athletic Center on Thursday. The Tigers worked for two hours
and 45 minutes in the morning and two and a half hours in the
evening. The team was in full pads in the morning and in pads for
half of the evening practice. It was the fourth straight day of
two-a-day workouts.


"The offense came back a bit today," but the defense still
seems to have the upper hand," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden.
He has said many times in the preseason that he hoped the defense
would be ahead of the offense. "It is time for Clemson to win some
games 10-7 or 13-10. Scoring defense is the most important statistic
in football."


Bowden singled out the play of many young players who will
have a chance to help the Clemson defense this year. "Trey Tate
continues to do very well in the defensive front. I didn't think he
would be a factor this early, but he certainly is going to be in the
mix. Eric Coleman also continues to play well. Justin Miller had an
interception today."


The team scrimmaged in the morning, again a situational
scrimmage. The offense had the ball at midfield and had the chance
to drive in a series of plays, unlike Wednesday's first scrimmage of
the fall. "The offense drove for a score a couple of times. They
made some progress today with a couple of long drives.


"Still, the defense has shown more leadership so far. The
defense has more veteran players and Nick Eason, Bryant McNeal and
John Leake have shown leadership on defense. We are young in the
offensive line and have a lot of new players on offense, so that is
expected. But, there seems to be more enthusiasm on defense."


Clemson's offense was missing some receivers during the
practices on Thursday. Kevin Youngblood continues to work in some
drills, but does not scrimmage. He is recovering from a sprained
foot. He missed all last year with a broken leg. Jeff Scott,
another wide receiver is out with a shoulder problem and freshman
Kelvin Grant had a pulled hamstring. "We had Michael Collins running
with the first team during some of the practice today and he is not
even eligible to play this year, that is how banged up we were at
wide receiver today." Clemson trainer Danny Poole said many of the
injured would return on Friday.


On the defensive side DeJuan Polk (ankle), Todd McClinton
(hamstring) and Kelvin Morris (stinger) all missed some time due to
injury on Thursday. Ben Hall had missed some practice with a
sprained neck, then came back in the morning only suffer a pulled
thigh muscle. It is not a serious injury. David Dunham is still
out after suffering a concussion earlier in the week.

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