Clemson Spring Football Update
Dantzler is expected to work into more aspects of practice on March 26th.
Clemson, SC--The Clemson football team completed the first half of
its spring practice workouts Friday morning on the practice fields
behind the Jervey Athletic Center. Coach Tommy Bowden ran his team
through a two-hour practice that began at 5:30 AM, allowing his
players to depart for spring break upon the completion of their final
class on Friday.
The Tigers have completed eight spring practices, including
one of three scrimmages. The team will now join the rest of the
Clemson student body for spring break next week, then return to
practice on March 26th.
The Tigers are also scheduled to practice March 28th, March
30th, March 31st, April 2nd, April 4th and April 7th. The March 31st
practice is slated to be a Saturday scrimmage in Death Valley. The
practice schedule could change based on weather conditions.
Spring practice will conclude with the annual Orange & White
scrimmage in Death Valley at 3:00 PM on April 7th. Admission to the
event is free.
Clemson has had few injuries during the first half of spring
practice. The only significant new injury is a sprained knee
suffered by Nick Black in the March 10th scrimmage. He could return
by the end of spring workouts. J.J. McKelvey suffered a cut below
his left kneecap in practice on Friday morning. Twelve stitches were
required to close the cut, but he is expected to return to practice
on the 26th.
Five players, including four starters, have not practiced yet
this spring. Travis Zachery, Marcus Lewis and Nick Eason all will
miss the entire spring practice period with injuries. Zachery,
Clemson's starting tailback and a 1000-yard rusher last year,
suffered a broken bone in a foot in the Gator Bowl. Lewis, a reserve
defensive lineman, suffered a torn ACL during practice leading up to
the Gator Bowl, while Eason suffered a torn achilles tendon in
practice prior to the Gator Bowl. Eason was Clemson's co-leader in
sacks last year with seven. All are expected back for the beginning
of practice in August.
Starting Quarterback Woodrow Dantzler has been recovering
after January surgery to repair a lower leg injury that he originally
suffered in the October 21st North Carolina game in Chapel Hill. He
has been running on his own during practice. He is expected to work
into more aspects of practice on March 26th and could work in the
March 31st scrimmage.
Starting offensive guard T.J. Watkins has been limited in
practice so far due to a shoulder injury that required surgery in
January. He could return to practice on the 26th.