Clemson Holds Second Football Scrimmage


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Clemson, SC-Clemson held its second full scale scrimmage of the
preseason in Death Valley on Saturday. The Tigers ran over 120 plays
in the three-hour scrimmage that ended a stretch of nine practices in
six days.

"The team worked hard today and it was good to see because we
have had practice in 11 of the last 12 days and three of those days
had double practices," said Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "We made some
mistakes on offense, some turnovers that can hurt and some penalties
near the goal line. Those are mistakes that have to be corrected.
We had a couple of lost fumbles and interceptions." It should be
pointed out that the first-team offense did not commit a turnover on
Saturday.

One of the players Bowden singled out after practice was
graduate running back Chad Jasmin. Listed as the first-team
fullback, Jasmin played fullback and tailback at times during the
scrimmage and led all rushers with 10 carries for 53 yards. "Chad
Jasmin was the best of the running backs today. He had a 25-yard
early in the scrimmage where he made some people miss and showed
power. He has had a very good preseason camp."

Freshman running back Brandon Nolen of Old Bridge, NY had 10
carries for 48 yards, but most of his yardage was gained against the
reserves on defense. Bowden worked many running backs on Saturday,
including Reggie Merriweather (9-25), Duane Coleman (7-18), Yusef
Kelly (3-8) and Kyle Browning (4-23).

Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst connected on 8-16 passes for
93 yards and a score, a 25-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hamilton,
who made a leaning reception on the play that completed a 50-yard
scoring drive against the number-one defense. Kevin Youngblood
had four catches for 26 yards to lead the receivers in terms of
catches.

There were also some highlight plays on defense on Saturday.
Senior cornerback Toure Francis returned a fumble 92 yards for a
touchdown and had an interception and a pass deflection. Mo Fountain
had six tackles, but four were for losses, including three sacks.
John Leake led all tacklers with 10, while Lionel Richardson added
eight.

Placekicker Aaron Hunt continued his fine preseason camp by
hitting 4-4 on field goals. He connected on attempts of 28, 30, 34
and 38 yards.

There were no injuries in the scrimmage. Clemson will have
Sunday off, then will return to the practice fields for its final
two-a-day sessions on Monday.

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