ATLANTA, GA -- On Tuesday, the Tigers once again resumed their preparation for Mississippi St with a two and one half hour practice on the campus of Georgia Tech in chilly forty-degree weather.
The practice was tinted a little maroon and white with the scout team wearing look-like Mississippi State jerseys. Many of the Tigers have been chosen as the enemy Bulldogs this week. Redshirt freshman Nick Black was one of the chosen to change jerseys.
"I didn't have anything else to wear so I put it on,” said Black. “It’s all for the team. It’s just to give them a better look. We aren't going to play so I guess we better try to help them out as much as we can."
Paul White, a big redshirt freshman defensive tackle for the Tigers also changed sides to help out practices.
"We got some intense scout team coaches and they tell us to talk trash like Mississippi State and it gets our team really fired up," said White. "We talked about how they were the number one defense, how they are going to run all over them and talk about how little the offensive line is. It really makes them practice real hard.”
Tomorrow the Clemson team will go inside the Georgia Dome for the first time around 9 AM EST and hold a light practice. They will also practice there the following day and then the big game is on Thursday. Practicing in the Georgia Dome before the Peach Bowl will be very beneficial to the Tigers because many have never played in a dome or on artificial turf and it will give them a good feel for the speed of the Georgia Dome. Clemson has a 3-3 all-time record in domed stadiums.
HOSPITAL VISIT - Over twenty-five players went to Children Health Care of Atlanta after practice. They spent over two hours with some special kids who face a bigger battle than a football contest.
"This really put the game of football into perspective. It shows you that it is not the end of the world if we lose and not the entire world if we win a game," said center Kyle Young.
Another player that appreciated the visit was guard Theo Mougros.
"It is was a great opportunity for me personally. I’m glad to be here with the rest of the players to come see the kids. They were really happy to see us and it showed me how really fortunate we all are, " said Mougros.
MUCH IMPROVEMENT - One of the areas of improvement by the Tigers is turnover margin. Clemson ranked 11th in the nation in turnover margin this year. They have forced 26 turnovers while committing just 17. Clemson also scored an even 100 points off those turnovers, while the opposition scored just 37 points. Clemson was 103rd in turnover margin last year, so that is a 92-place improvement.
"Your not going to have success if you turn over the ball and we have done a great improvement in not turning over the ball, " said senior quarterback Brandon Streeter. "I think we are 11th in the nation in turnover ratio and so this gives us chance to win games. I think the quarterbacks have made better decisions this year and the running backs and receivers held on to the ball much better than in the past."
NOT SO FAST - On the Peach Bowl Preview Show ESPN commentator Lee Corso made a very interesting prediction on the Peach Bowl after a fellow commentator predicted a comfortable victory for the Tigers.
"Not so fast, chick-fil-a style my friend. This is what is going to happen. Clemson is going to score early with the lead going into halftime," said Corso. "But Jackie Sherrill will bring out the chick-fil-a sandwiches during the 4th quarter. Mississippi St. will eat them on the bench and upset Clemson in the 4th quarter."
Corso, however, was very complimentary of head coach, Tommy Bowden.
"He's brilliant," said Corso. “He's smart. He has the offensive game plan and the players play hard for him. That’s the secret to be a good head coach."