Friday Spring Practice News and Notes


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News, notes and ramblings from a guy finding sleep deprivation more
entertaining that any chemical substance could ever be...


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Notes from Clemson spring practice:

- Don't expect Woody Dantzler to make an appearance in Saturday's 10 a.m.
scrimmage.

The senior quarterback has stepped up his workouts as he continues
recovering from off-season ankle surgery, but Clemson head coach Tommy
Bowden doesn't want to push his incumbent starter.
"You don't really want to take a chance that somebody rolls on his ankle
right now," he said. "So Willie (Simmons) will get all the reps at No. 1."


- Speaking of Simmons, Bowden said the sophomore has had a very productive
spring.

"He's getting better each day, and you like to see that improvement," said
the coach. "Wednesday was probably the best he's looked all spring."
He also had high praise for receivers Kevin Youngblood and Jackie Robinson,
and said the others need to "look out," an obvious reference to the talented
group of incoming freshmen expected this fall.

Incidentally, Youngblood finished practice Friday despite a gash in his arm
that Bowden expected to require at least five stitches.

"We spit on it, rubbed some dirt in it and told him he could get the
stitches after practice," Bowden joked.


- Bowden wasn't sure what type of format he's going to use for next
Saturday's annual Orange-White game, set for 3 p.m. at Death Valley.
"You don't really want to set something now, then have to change it because
of injuries or something," he said.


- Offensive tackle Gary Byrd is expected to miss the remainder of the
spring. Byrd dislocated his kneecap earlier this week.


- Will Merritt, T. J. Watkins, Kyle Young and Justin Watts all missed
Friday's practice for an unusual reason - Merritt is getting married.
Bowden shrugged off any thoughts he might be upset at the timing of the
senior's nuptials.

"I would in no way want to mess with that guy's wedding, with his wife and
then with his mom," Bowden joked. "You don't mess with them women around
weddings. I'm married. My wife had a wedding. You don't mess with them."


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Rumorama Department

My eye in the sky tells me the Shrine Bowl, a fixture in Charlotte since the
1920's, will be moved out of the city this year.


Apparently a controversy has arisen between the six Shrine Temples which
form Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, Inc., the group which administrates the
game. My source says one of the temples is trying to gain total control of
the event, which obviously doesn't sit will with the other five.


With no settlement in sight, don't be surprised to see the game moved across
the border to Rock Hill.


Dan Scott is the host of SportsTalk (10AM-Noon) on 104.9 FM in Upstate SC and
Managing Editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger

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