Clemson, SC-Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst completed 9-14 passes for
108 yards and a touchdown to lead the Clemson offense in a two-hour
scrimmage in Death Valley on Saturday. It was the first of three
consecutive Saturday scrimmages for Tommy Bowden's Tigers.
Clemson is in the middle of its Spring practice sessions,
which will conclude April 10 with the Clemson Spring Game at Death
Valley at 1:00 PM. Admission is free.
Whitehurst completed each of his last five passes in the
76-play scrimmage. He completed five passes to sophomore Kelvin
Grant for 52 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown that completed a
50-yard drive. Chansi Stuckey also had a good day catching the
ball, spearing three of a scrimmage best 61 years. He had a 30-yard
catch and run on a pass from Whitehurst.
Backup quarterback Will Proctor was 6-9 for 42 yards through
the air, while freshman C.J. Gaddis, who is also playing baseball
this spring, was 2-4 for 29 yards. The top rusher was freshman
Brandon Nolen with 10-44 on the ground, while Reggie Merriweather
added 9-32 and two short touchdowns. Gaddis scored the other
touchdown of the scrimmage on a 21-yard run.
Lionel Richardson was among the tackle leaders and he was in
on three sacks for the day. Leroy Hill also had two tackles for
loss, including a six-yard sack of Whitehurst. Tavaghn Monts had
the top play among the defenders with a 45-yard interception return
of a Gaddis pass.
"The offense is still ahead of the defense," said Bowden
after the scrimmage. "That is not what I want to see, I want the
defense to dominate. The offense is scoring too many points. "
Bowden was impressed with some of his young players on
Saturday. "Kelvin Grant continues to do well at wide receiver. Each
practice he makes two or three plays that stick out. Chansi Stuckey
is making some plays also, he will continue to improve with
experience. He can make people miss in the open field. I was happy
that the offense committed just one turnover, but was disappointed
that the defense only forced one turnover."
Bowden also mentioned the play of Trey Tate and Donnell Clark on the
defensive line and Leroy Hill among the linebackers. "We know Leroy
Hill is an outstanding player, he comes to play every practice. We
are looking for someone else to step up, we need another linebacker
to make plays at the linebacker position in addition to Leroy."
Starters Tye Hill and Airese Currie did not take part in the
scrimmage, as they were competing with the Clemson men's track team
in Florida this weekend. Vontrell Jamison played only the first
quarter of the scrimmage. He left with an injured finger and did not
return. He is expected back for practice next week.
Clemson Scrimmage Stats
Passing: Whitehurst 9-14-108-1-0; Will Proctor 6-9-42-0-0, C.J.
Receiving: Grant 5-52-1; Stuckey 3-61; McCloud 2-21, Kelly 2-15,
Merriweather 1-23, Collins 1-4, Coleman 1- (-5), Charpia 2-8
Rushing: Nolen 10-44, Merriweather 9-32, Coleman 6-30, Kelly 6-21,
Whitehurst 3-17, Gaddis 7-1, Proctor 5- (-11), Baham 1-1, Stuckey
1-(-2), McCloud 1-5
Sacks: Richardson 2.5-17, Hill 2-10, Fountain 1-7, McDuffie 1-7,
Groover 1-7, Dunham 0.5-2
Interceptions: Monts 1-45