Hitting, Fights Suit Bowden Fine


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CLEMSON - Bodies flying, high intensity, even a couple of fights. The first
day of full pads at spring practice was right up Tommy Bowden's alley.


"It was a little raw and unpolished," the Clemson head coach said. "But the
enthusiasm was good and the effort was good...We're trying to stress things
like turnovers (and) the center-quarterback exchange. Those are positive
things that happened out there."


Bowden chose to reserve passing out much individual praise or criticism until
viewing film of the workout, but did say he was pleased with the way running
backs Bernard Rambert and Keith Kelly ran in live situations.


He also came away impressed with Tommy Sharpe and Mark Jetton in their
initial turns at center, as well as third-team walk-on tight end Scott Wade.
Bowden also mentioned tight end-turned-defensive lineman Todd McClinton, who
showed immediate improvement from his first live blocking drill to his
second.


As for the minor skirmishes, did Bowden like seeing those?


"Oh yes, though I'll probably get 'politically correct' called on me on that
one," he joked. "The first day of pads there's a little intensity and
sometimes it overflows a little bit. But (today) was about normal."


Clemson is off Thursday and will practice again at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The team
will scrimmage at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jervey Practice Facility.


All practices are open to the public.


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