Clemson Football Sunday Notes

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Some notes from Tommy Bowden's Sunday teleconference:

Khaleed Vaughn had arthroscopic knee surgery and is doubtful for Saturday. Airese Currie sprained an ankle and is questionable along with quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who had swelling with a foot injury. Eric Sampson is questionable with an ankle injury along with Toure Francis who had an ankle injury.

Said Bowden: “That’s the most we’ve been banged up. A lot will miss practice time and some won’t play.”

Replacing Currie would be Tony Elliot. Stucky and Proctor would get the work at quarterback.

Bowden said the team is off today and that Whitehurst’s foot would be looked at in the next day or two to see what the swelling is doing.

Lionel Richardson would also move up in the depth chart to replace Sampson if he is out.

Yusef Kelly is likely to see more action. Bowden said he wasn’t satisfied with Coleman’s performance yesterday and Kelly should be healthy this week so he will be getting more time at tailback as Bowden tries to figure out a way to improve the running attack.

“There are different formations you can use,” said Bowden. “Instead of featuring the running game out of the tight end and fullback maybe more tight end and three wideouts. And there’s still some four-wide formations with the running game that we havent’ gotten into. Kelly will get more work this week. I don’t know if he’ll start. He’s been healthy not for two weeks in a row. He’s about ready to get out there more.”

Bowden wouldn’t say how far off the weight target Kelly was when he reported to camp, but said that missing the weight target along with two injuries since then had affected his playing time.

On the placekicking front, Jad Dean will practice kicking long field goals this week. Bowden said that Dean has been told to concentrate on kicking off since he hadn’t started off practice kicking field goals that well, but that this week he would maybe kick all field goals over a certain yardage. That yardage would be determined later, said Bowden.

Leroy Hill led the team with 12 tackes. Bowden said the coaches would be trying to find ways to get more pressure on the quarterback, possibly by bringing five or six rushers instead of four. “We’ll either look at personnel or at bringing more people,” said Bowden.

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