Clemson Holds Final Football Scrimmage


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Clemson, SC-Charlie Whitehurst completed 11-18 passes for 90 yards
and a touchdown to lead the offense and roverback Gerald McCloud had
two interceptions and a caused fumble to lead the defense in
Clemson's final stadium scrimmage of the preseason. The Tigers open
the season August 30 against Georgia in Death Valley at 12:00 Noon.

Whitehurst led the offense on an 80-yard drive that covered
15 plays on the first possession of the nearly three-hour workout.
The offense was helped by a pair of offside penalties that led to
first downs that kept the drive alive. Whitehurst completed the
drive with a 13-yard scoring pass to Airese Currie.

The offense scored a touchdown later in the scrimmage on a
seven-yard run by Duane Coleman. The sophomore had 11 carries for 40
yards on the day. Reggie Merriweather was the top rusher with 11-44,
but he did not score. Derrick Hamilton was the top receiver with
six catches for 32 yards, while Kevin Youngblood had 2-33, including
a 19-yarder in traffic that set up a score.

The Clemson defense scored a pair of touchdowns on the day.
Freshman Sergio Gilliam of Greer High School had a 34-yard
interception return for a score, while graduate student Dejuan Polk
scored on a fumble recovery. McCloud had his best day in the
preseason with a pair of interceptions, two tackles for loss, a
caused fumble and three total tackles.

The top tackler was senior linebacker John Leake with 10
tackles. Andre Waters had seven tackles, while Leroy Hill had six.
Gaines Adams was again in the opponent backfield often and had three
tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. Eric Coleman and Brian
Carr also had interceptions. There were six turnovers in the
scrimmage, but just one by the first-team offense.

"This was a ragged scrimmage," said head coach Tommy Bowden.
"We had too many penalities in key situations. The defense had five
offside penalties in the first 25 plays. We would have lost to
Georgia had we played today."

Clemson's focus is now to get ready for Georgia. "We worked
on game preparation yesterday, and will be back to it starting
Thursday. We have seven days left to get ready for the opener. We
will get our legs back and practice three more days this week.

"The best part of today is it did not appear that we got
anyone injured."

There were no new injuries in the scrimmage. Backup
quarterback Chansi Stuckey and backup center Dustin Fry missed the
scrimmage with injuries suffered on Tuesday. Stuckey has a pulled
muscle in his abdomen and Fry has a high ankle sprain. Roscoe Crosby
did not take part in the scrimmage. He is not allowed to go full
gear until the fifth practice under the NCAA rules that govern
preseason practice.


Notes


- Four walk-ons were put on scholarship Wednesday - tight end Kevin Burnette, wide receiver Gene Pate, linebacker Lionel Richardson, and linebacker Nigel Vaughn.


- Quarterback Will Proctor got all the snaps with the second team in the scrimmage. Bowden commented that Proctor "looked good but needs a lot of work."


- Bowden was not pleased with his defensive front as the unit jumped offsides five times in the first 25 plays. Twice the defense had the offense stopped on a 3rd down, but the drive was allowed to continue due to the penalties. The offense put together a 80-yard, 15 play scoring drive on that possession.


- Running back Yusef Kelly still needs to drop some weight in order to move back up the depth chart according to Bowden. "We will need Yusef Kelly this year. He finished up strong (last year), but he runs better at a lighter weight."

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