Dan Scott Interview: Tommy Bowden

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CLEMSON -- Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden was the guest on Sports Talk with Dan Scott last week.

SportsTalk can be heard from 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9 in upstate South Carolina.

Listen to the full Tommy Bowden interview Here: Real | Windows Media

Selected Quotes

What is the status of Roscoe Crosby?

I think the biggest thing will be once he gets through with the tour with the Kansas City Royals. I believe he is going to the state of Washington the last I heard. I think it will all depend on how well he does with that performance.

What stood out in the spring film work?

Probably one of the things I have not mentioned too much- ever since I have been at Clemson every snap taken by our quarterbacks have been by Kyle Young or Brian Outlaw. We have never had another guy take another snap in a game. I was concerned about not only the first team center but the second team center. We had a walk-on named Tommy Sharpe that was kind of a long walk-on snapper last year. He really came through and surprised us at center.

As you go back and look at the film Chad Jasmin had a really good spring and also Keith Kelly and Bernard Rambert. Our two other running backs Kyle Browning and Ty Hill were kind of banged up and we didn’t really get to evaluate them.

Kevin Youngblood is getting close to where he was after going back and looking at the film. He’s not quite back to where he was before he got hurt, but he is getting close. I think he will achieve those skills back over the summer throwing and catching.

Defensively I thought John Leake had a really productive spring. Young defensive lineman like Donnell Washington, Eric Coleman, and Todd McClinton made some progress. You have so many young guys over there that after you go back and look at the spring film you see getting better and these guys will be back in 2003 and 2004. They are going to be really talented, but again they need to get out there and play a bunch of football.

A little concerned about losing three interior offensive linemen?

The place where we fall a little behind in the three and one half recruiting years I have been here would probably be offensive line. We finally got on track this year with signing five. Once we sign four next year I think we will be right in line. I’d be more concerned right now with our offensive line going to Athens than quarterback simply because you can’t run or pass unless those guys are productive. But you know Nate Gillespie and William Henry did a good job at back up tackles. With Nick Black, Jermyn Chester, Cedric Johnson, Greg Walker at least those guys have been around a while. Some of those guys have been around this their fourth or fifth year. I just wish our numbers were a little bigger. We tried some blue chip guys in Georgia and lost them to Georgia. We tried some blue chip guys in Florida and lost them to Florida, Florida State, and Miami. We kind of had to rethink our process till we win some more games and the university finishes some facilities work. I think then we will be able to go out and get those guys.

Pleased with the crown removal at Death Valley?

I don’t really get involved in the day to day operation of that. We went on Riggs Fields (Orange and White Game), and they did a great job with that. Riggs Field just looked beautiful. If our playing surface at Death Valley is going to be like Riggs Field we will be in good shape. I know we need to get in there August 10, August 17, and August 22. We need to get in there three times before we play Georgia in Athens. That’s my main concern- Can we get in the big stadium with this team, and we couldn’t do it in the spring, three times before we play in Athens.

Listen to Bowden also discuss Jeff Francoeur, his young defense, and the recruiting wars with South Carolina here: Real | Windows Media

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