Harper has big day in Clemson scrimmage

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Swinney after practice audio (MP3 Format)

Clemson, SC—Jamie Harper ran for 141 yards on nine carries and scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing, to highlight play in a 90-minute Clemson football scrimmage on Tuesday. It was the third scrimmage in the last eight days for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.

The scrimmage completed the fall camp portion of the preseason schedule. Classes start Wednesday at Clemson and the team will have the day off from football activities. Practice will resume Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Harper had a run of 59 yards early in the scrimmage and another of 50 yards for a touchdown late in the session on his way to his 141-yard rushing day. He also had two receptions for 31 yards, one of which went for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Andre Ellington also had a strong day with 13 carries for 57 yards, while Daniel Barnes, a walk-on who was just put on scholarship this week, had 10-39 rushing.

Tajh Boyd quarterbacked the first team offense and Mike Wade quarterbacked the second team. Starter Kyle Parker had the day off as he attended to duties related to his signing of a professional baseball contract with the Colorado Rockies late Monday night. Parker, who was taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft, will be back at practice on Thursday and will play the 2010 season for the Tigers football team. He is then expected to join the Rockies organization sometime in 2011.

Boyd completed 9-20 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a two-yard scoring pass to tight end Dwayne Allen and a 25-yarder to Harper. Wade was 2-10 for 16 yards but had to go against Clemson’s number-one defense for most of the scrimmage. Allen was the top receiver with 3-15 and the score. Barnes added two catches for 21 yards.

Defensively, Tyler Shatley was the top tackler with five, while Marcus Gilchrist had four stops, including a caused fumble. DeAndre McDaniel and Tig Willard both had fumble recoveries. Jarvis Jenkins had three tackles, a sack and a caused fumble.

The first team defense did not give up a score.

“It was a good practice, a good ending to camp,” said Swinney. “It was a scrimmage in which we worked on a lot of situations. We worked on short yardage, two-minute drills, offensively and defensively, and running out the clock.

“I was pleased with the running backs, Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington. We could have games this year when they both rushed for 100 yards. They continue to run well and catch the ball out of the backfield.”

Swinney began the day by taking the entire team across the street from Howard’s Rock to the Scroll of Honor, the new memorial that honors Clemson alumni who have lost their lives serving the United States military.

There were two injuries reported in the scrimmage. Red-shirt freshman running back Roderick McDowell suffered a concussion, while junior tight end Drew Traylor suffered a sprained ankle.

In addition to Kyle Parker, freshman Justin Parker missed the scrimmage as he was home with his ailing mother. Da’Quan Bowers had not returned to the team after enduring the sudden death of his father a week ago Sunday. He was expected to return to school on Tuesday.

Dwayne Allen Named to Mackey Award Watch List

One of Three Sophomores Named

Clemson, SC—Clemson sophomore tight end Dwayne Allen is one of 32 players on the John Mackey Award preseason Watch List for the 2010 season. The award is presented by the Nassau County (New York) Sports Commission and is named in honor of former Baltimore Colts great John Mackey.

Allen tied a Clemson freshman record in 2009 for touchdown receptions by a tight end with three and he had 10 receptions overall for 108 yards. He started six games and played in all 14. He played alongside 2009 senior Michael Palmer last year. Palmer, now with the Atlanta Falcons, was first-team All-ACC last year when he had 43 receptions, a record for a tight end. This year Allen figures to be one of the centerpieces of the Clemson offense.

Allen was one of just three sophomores on the preseason Mackey Award Watch List. The others are Ryan Griffin of Connecticut and D.C. Jefferson of Rutgers. Allen was one of just four ACC tight ends on the list and is joined by George Bryan of NC State, Brett Huffman of Duke and Zach Pianalto of North Carolina.

Allen is the sixth Clemson player named to a preseason Watch List so far. The complete list is below:

Player			Award			Honor
Dwayne Allen		Mackey Award		Tight End
DeAndre McDaniel	Thorpe Award		Defensive Back
			Nagurski Award		Top Defensive Player
			Bednarik Award		Top Defensive Player
Da’Quan Bowers		Lombardi Award		Top Lineman
			Ted Hendrick Award	Top Defensive End
			Nagurski Award		Top Defensive Player
Jarvis Jenkins		Outland Trophy		Top interior lineman
			Nagurski Award		Top Defensive Player
Dalton Freeman		Rimington Award		Top Center
Kyle Parker		Maxwell Award		National Player of the Year

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