Friday Clemson Football Practice Brief


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Clemson, SC-Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden held his annual Beanie Bowl at
Death Valley Friday afternoon. The annual event is a rehearsal of
all aspects of gameday operation and game management by the Clemson
players, coaches and on-field administration.


"We review substitutions in all kinds of situations, run the
clock, work the headset and check the communication with the press
box, everything you can think of that comes up on gameday," said
Bowden. The Tigers met in the lockerroom prior to the game, and went
through pregame practice as they will next Saturday. The team
worked in complete game uniform for the 2 and half hour session.
The offense and defense practiced all kinds of substitution and game
situations.


One thing that the session revealed was that Clemson
defensive coordinator Reggie Herring will not be able to be on the
sideline for the opener. He will have to coach from the pressbox.
Herring had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon this past
Wednesday. It is amazing that he is at practice at all. But, when
he tried to signal from the sideline while standing on crutches it
was too difficult.


"That should not have an effect," said Bowden. "Many
defensive coordinators coach from the press box. Bill Oliver, who
was a defensive coordinator here and at Alabama and Auburn worked
from the press box. It is a matter of preference. Reggie prefers to
be on the field, but he can work from the press box." Herring will
work from the press box until he is able to walk without crutches.
Secondary coach Jack Hines will signal in the plays in Herring's
on-field absence.


Senior running back Travis Zachery was named to he preseason
list for the Doak Walker Award on Friday. "Travis has worked hard
and is deserving of any preseason honors," said Bowden. "He should
have a productive year and should be considered. He has made a lot
of strides since I have been here." Zachery and NC State back Ray
Robinson were the only ACC players on the 43-player list.


Khaleed Vaughn (neck), Derrick Brantley (sprained knee),
Morgan Woodward (sprained knee) and Zachery (sprained ankle) were in
yellow on Friday and did not practice. Bowden said all the injured
players should be back by Saturday or Monday.

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