Clemson Holds Football Scrimmage


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Red-shirt freshman Reggie Merriweather runs for a score.
Red-shirt freshman Reggie Merriweather runs for a score.

Clemson, SC-Red-shirt freshman Reggie Merriweather rushed for 75
yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the offense and Gaines Adams
recorded a pair of safeties on defense to highlight play in a Clemson
football scrimmage on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic
Center on Saturday morning.


The Tigers worked for two and a half hours on Saturday, their
final major scrimmage prior to the Spring Game on April 5. That game
will be held at 1:30 PM at Riggs Field. Admission is free.

The Tigers worked extensively on the running game, an area
Head Coach Tommy Bowden hopes to improve on both sides of the ball
this coming season. The last part of the practice was spent working
on short-yardage situations at midfield. The offense appeared to
win that battle.

Merriweather's play has been a highlight of the spring
practice. A red-shirt last year, Merriweather is yet to appear in a
game for the Tigers. "He is getting consistent at breaking long
runs," said Bowden. "We certainly are looking for a player who can
break a long run. We didn't have a running back have a run over 32
yards last year. It seems every practice he breaks one. It won't
be difficult for Reggie to get in the lineup if he continues to break
these long runs."

Merriweather had eight rushes for 75 yards in Saturday's
scrimmage. He had a 35-yard run for a touchdown and a five-yard run
for a score. He had another run of 20 yards brought back by a
penalty. He had a 75-yard run in a scrimmage last Wednesday.

Merriweather was not the only running back to stand out on
Saturday. Rising sophomore Kyle Browning had a 38-yard run and had
a strong performance. Yusef Kelly, Clemson's top rusher last year
with 520 yards a year ago, gained 37 yards on 12 carries. The
offensive scored four touchdowns, all on touchdown runs.
Merriweather had two, while Duane Coleman and David Dunham had one
apiece.

Clemson ran 97 plays in the scrimmage, 74 runs and 23 passes.
Charlie Whitehurst completed 3-6 passes for 61 yards, while Willie
Simmons hit on 5-10 for 81. Will Proctor was 3-3 for 27 and Chansi
Stuckey was 1-4 for five yards. Stuckey provided one of the
highlight plays of the day when he escaped on-rushing linemen and
gained 21 yards.

The top receiver was senior Kevin Youngblood with four
catches for 78 yards. Kelvin Grant and Derrick Hamilton had two
receptions apiece. Airese Currie did not catch a pass, but had a
34-yard run.

The defense was led by Gaines Adams, another red-shirt
freshman, who had four tackles, including three tackles for loss and
1.5 sacks. Twice he tackled the opposing quarterback in the endzone
for a safety, once on a sack. Vontrel Jamison had three tackles,
including 1.5 sacks. Tye Hill had the only interception of the
scrimmage, while Anthony Waters had a fumble recovery. The top
tacklers of the day were Gerald McCloud, Leroy Hill and Lionel
Richardson had five tackles apiece.

Bowden was pleased with the performance of the offense, but
wants the defense to step up. "The offensive line played well today,
we want improvement on short yardage and we saw that today. At the
same time, I would rather see the defense dominate the line of
scrimmage. "


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