Clemson Notebook: Live Scrimmage Highlights Saturday Workout


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CLEMSON - Free from the worries of final exams and other academic matters for the time being, Clemson's football team went at it hard and heavy Saturday afternoon.

Head coach Tommy Bowden put his team through live scrimmage work during the two hour-plus workout. The Tigers worked on both goal line and first-and-10 situations, as preparation for the Dec. 27 Champs Sports Bowl matchup with Colorado continued.

"Finals are over now...and you want to see guys bouncing around with enthusiasm," Bowden said. "We had to hit. Not that I was specifically looking for anything, but we had to hit full speed before we go play."

Bowden said the team will scrimmage again on Monday, working on other specific areas of his game plan for Colorado - a game plan that he said is 85-90 percent installed.

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Whenever bowl season rolls around there's the inevitable question:

How does a coach balance game preparation against the notion that a bowl trip is supposed to be fun for the players?

"I think we've got a pretty good balance of how to do it," said Bowden, whose bowl record is 2-3 at Clemson. "Not that I'm the innovator of anything. I more or less go by what my father has done over the years. He's gone more than anybody and has had more success than anybody.

"So as for the amount of practice time and free time, it's been pretty constant since I've been coaching. And that's kind of where I got it from...Whether I win or lose I keep the same schedule because it's been proven over the course of time."

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Offensive guard Roman Fry missed Saturday's practice with a sprained ankle he suffered on Friday. The injury isn't considered serious, and Fry could be back at practice on Sunday.

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