Hot Weather Workouts Please Bowden

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CLEMSON - While the Roscoe Crosby watch continued Friday at Clemson, Tommy Bowden's Tigers went through their next-to-last two-a-day session at the Jervey practice facility.

Crosby, who was cleared to play Wednesday after the ACC granted a Medical Absence Waiver filed by the university, continues to have his reporting date held up by administrative circumstances. It is hoped he will be able to report to camp early next week.

Meanwhile, Friday's dual workouts took place in better than 90 degree heat, which pleased Bowden.

"It helps with conditioning," he said. "The Georgia game is going to be a noon kickoff on Aug. 30, so we need to get used to the heat."

With a three hour scrimmage behind them last Tuesday, and one staring at them Saturday at Death Valley, the Tigers went without full pads for both workouts Friday.

While dealing mostly with alignment and assignment issues, Bowden said the defense remains considerable ahead of the offense. What's more, he hopes that doesn't change.

"I don't want to see that gap close," he said. "I'd much rather the defense stay ahead. If it starts to close, then I'll start worrying. I think we're going to be a good offensive team down the road. Exactly when, I don't know. But I think it will come. But you always want your defense to stay ahead.

"Offensively we need to show improvement in goal line and short yardage situations, and that has to come against our defense."

In other news Friday, freshman cornerback Robert Reese finally made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse and reported for his first practice Friday morning.

"He's got to go through that five day acclimation period," Bowden said. "So while we're scrimmaging (today), he'll be watching. There's not a whole lot he can do."

Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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