Clemson Football Varsity Reports


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Clemson, SC-It was a full day for Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden on
Wednesday. The Tigers fourth-year head coach had two short practices
for his rookies in the morning and afternoon, then welcomed his
varsity back to campus in the evening.


All veteran players expected to report did so for a 7:00 PM
meeting at the McFadden Building. Some missed the meeting due to
summer school exams.


The Tigers will spend Thursday in conditioning runs and taking photos
before starting two-a-day practices for the entire team on Friday
morning. Clemson will practice twice on Friday and twice on
Saturday before taking a break for Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.


The team will hold two more practices in shorts on Monday,
then finally put on the pads on Tuesday. Clemson will hold two
practices a day through August 20th with the exception of Sunday,
August 18th, which will be an off day. Clemson begins classes on
Wednesday, August 21st.


"The freshmen are showing improvement," said Bowden after the
second workout. "This was their fourth practice and the drills are
smoother, the throwing and catching is better. They will have to
adjust again on Friday, the pace will be much faster. They will have
to listen intently, they won't have the individual attention that
they had in high school or over the first four practices when we have
had just 19 players."


Bowden did announce that freshman lineman Dustin Fry had
suffered a dislocated kneecap during the morning practice during a
one-on-one drill. He will miss at least a week of practice. "Dustin
was doing very well, it is a setback. It is difficult to say how
much he will miss. He was our strongest freshman in terms of the
bench press reps of 225 pounds (29 reps)."


Overall, Bowden is anxious for Friday's practice. "I am
excited about the beginning of practice on Friday. That is the first
time we will have the 2002 Clemson team together and we will start to
mould the squad for the coming season. It is always an exciting day."


Practice is closed to the public the remainder of the preseason.

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