Friday's Break The Calm Before Saturday's Storm

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CLEMSON - One day after putting his team through its most brutal workout of the season, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden pulled in the reigns just a bit Friday afternoon.

The Tigers worked out for just over two hours in shorts and shoulder pads, and even got a break from the usual post-practice conditioning runs for which Bowden has become famous. However the "light" day shouldn't be seen as a slow down in the fall camp proceedings.

Clemson will scrimmage live in Death Valley today, its third such workout in seven days.

"And we will run after the scrimmage," Bowden said. "Hard."

Bowden said today's scrimmage will be the last of the preseason, save for a few situational scrimmages. And he finds himself looking for the same things today as in the previous two:

On offense, it's scoring touchdowns instead of field goals, searching for a running back to break the long run and seeing the quarterbacks move the ball up and down the field.

On defense, it's very simple.

"You'd like to see them get the upper hand," he said.

Special teams also will come under scrutiny, Bowden planning to work both place kickers and punters under live, pressure conditions.

The scrimmage will take place in Death Valley. It is closed to the public.


- Guard Cedric Johnson and defensive end Mo Fountain, both previously sidelined with bruised knees, returned to practice Friday.

Guard Chip Myrick (mono) was upgraded from a yellow practice jersey to green, meaning he could take part in certain drills but was off limits to contact. When he will return to full strength remains unknown.

- Bowden continued to praise wide receiver Chansi Stuckey and Airese Currie, saying the duo have been the two most consistent receivers in camp so far this year.

"Chansi's work ethic since going out there as a wideout has been relentless since the first day," Bowden said. "Airese, being a senior, last shot, he really picked it up last (2003) summer, last preseason, last camp and this spring. Those two guys have been the best."

- Bowden said running back Kyle Browning has continued to improve as he has received more work, so much so that he's now pushing Reggie Merriweather for the No. 2 spot behind Yusef Kelly.

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