McClinton Fine, Back with Team Sunday

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Tommy Bowden offers some encouragement to Todd McClinton who had suffered a neck injury.

CLEMSON - Less than 18 hours after being carted off the Death Valley turf on
a stretcher with a neck injury, defensive tackle Todd McClinton was back in
the Clemson training room Sunday.

The scary injury to McClinton, which came in the fourth quarter of Saturday's
30-12 loss to No. 18 Maryland, caused a hush to fall over what was left of
the announced crowd of 72,000 fans as he lie near motionless on the turf. But
even while complaining of numbness in his arms, McClinton could be seen
occasionally moving a leg or foot while being tended to by the medical staff.

X-rays of his neck proved to be negative, said Sports Information Director
Tim Bourret, and McClinton was back in the team training room Sunday morning.

"I saw him there and he looked okay," Bourret said. "But right now there's no
timetable for his return."

The news wasn't nearly as good for defensive back Ronnie Delusme. Attempting
to break up a pass along with two teammates, Delusme suffered a torn ACL and
will miss the remainder of the season.

"That will mean more snaps for Kelvin Morris and Leroy Hill," Bowden said of
Delusme's injury.

Also leaving the game Saturday with various bumps and bruises were defenders
Eric Sampson, Travis Pugh and Nick Eason. And offensive lineman Cedric
Johnson, who injured a shoulder in the first half and didn't return, will
have his status determined later in the week.


- Bowden said backup guard Nate Gillespie did "pretty good" filling in for
Johnson Saturday, but admitted the already thin offensive line missed one of
its key components.

"The other guys have worked at it so long, when (the new guy) misses one call
and lets a guy through it can disrupt things," he said. "There are some
things you miss by not having a veteran in there."

- After carrying 14 times for 105 yards in the previous game, redshirt
freshman tailback Tye Hill had but one carry for three yards Saturday. He
also caught one pass, also for three yards.

"The score kind of got out of hand," Bowden said. "I would have liked to have
played him more, but circumstances didn't allow it."

- Bowden said he expects this week's routine to be a bit different with South
Carolina looming next Saturday.

"It will be different for the players, for sure," he said. "They'll hear it
from their classmates every day. There will be an extra buzz, and I'm sure
the coaches know the significance of it."

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