CLEMSON - After little more than a week of prep work and system installation,
the lights are about to go on for Clemson's football team.
The first practice in full pads will take place this morning, a day which
generally begins separating prospects from suspects. By the time this week is
up Tommy Bowden's Tigers will have scrimmaged live twice, which means answers
to lingering questions will be coming into focus.
"We're going to do some one-on-one (drills)," Bowden said. "We don't have too
many young offensive linemen, so some of these young defensive ends...will
have to line up against some of our veteran linemen. You like to see how they
respond to that...it's going to be pretty intense."
It's also a time for freshmen to move up, or down, the depth chart.
"The initial stages will start to surface (today) about how they react to
this level of competition," Bowden said. "The guys who are on second team,
we'll be able to start seeing a little bit more."
Clemson's Monday practices were split because of a heavy afternoon storm that
moved into the area.
After working outside at Jervey Meadows in the morning, the team moved
indoors for the afternoon workout. All things considered, Bowden said, the
timing of the rain wasn't all bad.
"We're in installation now, so (practicing indoors) will give us a long time
on the film, and then you can walk and talk through (alignments). It's a good
teaching day, and then they should be very aggressive for the first day in
- Freshman wide receiver Airese Currie and sophomore offensive lineman Nick
Back both returned to practice Monday after missing time late last week with
Senior center Kyle Young was held out of Monday's workouts due to a slight
strain in his back. He is listed as day-to-day.
- Eric Coleman, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound tight end from Fork Union (Va.)
Military Academy, was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse Monday and will be in
camp "as soon as we can get him here," Bowden said.
He hopes that's no later than today.
"We're hoping to have him on the field (this morning). He's probably down at
the Georgia line waiting in a three-point stance," Bowden joked.
- Freshman running back Kyle Browning from Union was the latest recipient of
"He's had a good two or three days now," Bowden said. "You know (Union) runs
an offense very similar, the terminology is very similar, so he's picking up
things pretty quick.
Clemson, SC-The Clemson Tigers practiced once outside and once inside
on Monday. The team had taken Sunday off to participate in Fan
Appreciation Day. But, it was back to work on Monday.
Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden had his team go through its normal
three hour practice in the morning. The team then worked inside for
about 90 minutes in the late afternoon. A heavy thunderstorm moved
at 4:00 PM in the Clemson area moved the team inside. The defense
practiced in the Jervey Gym and the offense worked in Field
"We practiced inside in the afternoon, but we are still in
the installation aspect of our preseason so we got a lot done in the
afternoon. It was a good teaching day."
Bowden is looking forward to watching his team work in full
gear for the first time Tuesday. "We will do some one-on-one early,"
said Bowden. "I am anxious to see how the young defensive linemen
and defensive ends do tomorrow. They will have to line up against
some veteran offensive linemen. It will be face to face. I will be
interested to see how they respond to the challenge. They have been
enthusiastic so far."
Bowden did single out freshman running back Kyle Browning
from the Monday morning practice. "Kyle has looked good so far. His
offense at Union high school was the same as ours, even much of the
terminology was the same and it has allowed him to adjust. He has
shown some speed, a good quick start."
Bowden also reported that freshman Eric Coleman would join
the team on Tuesday. Coleman will start out as a tight end. He is
from Charlottesville, VA and played at Fork Union Military Academy
last year. He had 17 catches on offense and 15 sacks on defense
last year at Fork Union.
Clemson should be at full strength for the first practice in
full pads on Tuesday. Nick Black missed the practices on Monday
recovering from a sprained ankle. Airese Currie has been out with a
pulled hamstring, but should return on Tuesday. Kyle Young has been
out with a back injury, but also should return Tuesday.
Clemson had been practicing in the Jervey Meadows behind
centerfield of Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The team will move to the
regular practice fields on Tuesday.
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Water in Death Valley is common with heavy rain storms. All the rain from east campus drains under
the field and bubbles up into the stadium.