Freshman Practice Heats Up

by - Correspondent -

CLEMSON, SC -- Monday's sweltering, late afternoon sun didn't meet Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden's specifications.

"It's not hot enough," he said following the 90-minute evening workout which wrapped up the first day of practice for CU's incoming freshmen. "I hope it gets hot next week. I hope it gets hot Friday."

A few new Tigers may disagree.

Several looked out of shape as they labored through drills, fighting through the excessive heat which pervaded the practice fields adjacent to Jervey Athletic Complex.

Bowden expected as much.

"I don't expect these guys to be in shape," he said. "We're not even looking at conditioning now. We just want them to line up so they won't be running around like blind hogs when we do conditioning with the varsity on Thursday. Right now it's all about alignment, assignment and things like that."

Cedric Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound offensive lineman from Barwick, Ga., had the most difficulty adjusting to the rigors of the first day. Johnson could be seen running ' and walking ' around one of the three fields for the majority of the workout.

"His alignments and assignments will suffer until he gets into better shape," Bowden said. "We'll have to retrace with him a little bit."

Other notes from Monday's late workout:

The specialties portion of the evening workout was cut short due to a lack of numbers.
Punter Rusty Curry, quarterback Brian Carr and one of two longsnappers had to leave practice
early to attend class... All'America safety Robert Carswell dropped by to get a sneak peak
at his new teammates in action, then exited the facilities via a hand stand...
Derrick Hamilton, the 6'4 wide receiver from Dillon, looked impressive in one'on'one
drills with the defensive backs, wowing those in attendance with a couple of nice grabs...
Speaking of defensive backs, Orangeburg native Ryan Hemby looks to be the best cover
man of the bunch.

Brad Davis is the assistant sports editor of the Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger.
His columns can be read at

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