Monday Practice Brief


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<font class=caption>Freshman Eric Coleman, who had been working at tight end, was moved to offensive left tackle..</font>
Freshman Eric Coleman, who had been working at tight end, was moved to offensive left tackle..

Clemson, SC-Clemson returned to the practice fields behind the Jervey
Athletic Center on Monday for two more workouts. The Tigers conclude
the two-a-day portion of the preseason on Tuesday, as the academic
year at Clemson begins on Wednesday. The Tigers worked for three
hours in the morning, then two hours and a half in the evening.


Clemson made a significant change in its defensive alignment
on Monday, moving Braxton K.Williams from the star safety position to
the weakside linebacker position. The move was made necessary when
starting weakside linebacker Altroy Bodrick suffered a torn ACL
during Saturday afternoon's scrimmage. Bodrick, a senior, will be
lost for the season, but will return for 2002 because he has never
red-shirted. With Williams move to weakside linebacker, sophomore
John Leake is now the starter at star safety.


"We will miss Altroy Bodrick, he is the fastest player on the
team and really covers a lot of ground on defense," said Head Coach
Tommy Bowden. "But, we must move on. John Leake has been our best
defensive player during the preseason and Braxton Williams has been a
starter the last two years. What the injury does is hurt our depth.
We can't afford another major injury on defense."


Clemson defensive coordinator Reggie Herring also suffered an
injury on Saturday. The demonstrative defensive coordinator suffered
a torn Achilles tendon while exhorting his defense during the
scrimmage last Saturday. He will have surgery on Wednesday, but is
not expected to miss any games or practice. In fact, he will
continue to coach the defense from the sidelines while wearing a cast
and working with crutches.


"This will not be a distraction, only an inconvenience," said
Herring, who has been an assistant at Clemson since 1994 and the
defensive coordinator since 1998."


Gary Byrd was in a yellow jersey for Monday's practices due
to a sprained ankle. Fellow starter in the offensive line T.J.
Watkins was out with a sprained knee. Morgan Woodward, who also
suffered a sprained knee in the scrimmage, was also in a yellow
jersey on Monday. Derrick Brantley was a third starting offensive
lineman on the injured list in the afternoon. He suffered a sprained
knee in the Monday morning practice.


Freshman Eric Coleman, who had been working at tight end, was
moved to offensive left tackle.

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