Friday Clemson Practice Brief


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Clemson, SC-Tommy Bowden worked his Clemson football team just once
for 2-hours and 45 minutes on Friday afternoon. The Tigers had the
morning off after four straight days of two-a-day practices, then
worked in helmets and shoulder pads on Friday. The team prepared
for a Saturday afternoon scrimmage. The practice on Saturday will
be closed to the public and the media.


Bowden said his offense looked improved on Friday. "The
offensive line pushed around the defensive line during the goal line
part of the practice. The defensive line will have to show
improvement in the goal line portion of the scrimmage on Saturday.


"Woody threw the ball well today, as he has in the preseason.
But, we are still looking for a Rod Gardner at wide receiver. We
have players who make big plays once in a while, but we are looking
for someone to step up and make a play every day in practice. I
haven't seen that yet."


Bowden did praise the play of some defenders on Friday.
"Rodney Thomas has played well at linebacker and John Leake has
really stepped up his performance at the star safety. He goes 100
percent on every play."


Clemson's top tackler, Chad Carson, missed the practice on
Friday and he will not play in the scrimmage on Saturday due to a
deep thigh bruise. Freshman wide receiver Roscoe Crosby also missed
the practice with the same injury, but he could play on Saturday in
the scrimmage.


Matt Bailey was back at practice on Friday after sitting out Thursday
afternoon while recovering from a jarring hit he took in Wednesday's
scrimmage from safety Marcus Houskin.


Running back Bernard Rambert also was back full strength
after missing some time with a bruised ankle.


Bowden also said that defensive end David Ellis had decided
to leave the team. Ellis, a native of Lamar, SC, lettered as a
reserve linebacker in 1999 and 2000. He made four tackles over the
two years. He played on special teams in each of the last two bowl
games

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