Offensive Line Changes May Be Coming


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CLEMSON - Though Clemson's patchwork offensive line played reasonably well in
Saturday's 24-19 victory over Georgia Tech, the winds of change may be
blowing through the unit.


Head coach Tommy Bowden said during his Sunday teleconference that he may do
"some experimenting" with personnel moves on the line, hoping to maximize the
group's performance.


"William (Henry) did good in his first start (at right tackle), but the
objective is to get the best five on the field," Bowden said. "We're in the
middle of looking at it. We're just not sure right now."


Henry, playing in place of the injured Derrick Brantley, was joined in his
first career start by walk-on center Tommy Sharpe, who was subbing for Jermyn
Chester.


With Chester due back in the starting lineup next Saturday against Ball
State, the most likely moves would seem to be either starting guard Cedric
Johnson, or his backup Nick Black, moving to the right tackle spot. And while
Bowden speculated about making such moves, he declined to say his plans were
definite.


"That's all I want to say about it right now," he said.


Meanwhile, Bowden said he also was concerned about reoccurring problems with
the center-quarterback exchange.


After a perfect week vs. Louisiana Tech, the Clemson offense had two fumbles
with Simmons taking snaps under center, plus the errant shotgun snap from
Chester that Georgia Tech recovered late in the fourth quarter, setting up
another dramatic finish between the teams.


"It's very disappointing," Bowden said. "You go out and watch Pop Warner
team, the seven and eight-year olds and they do the snap. There are some
fundamental flaws in the thing. We filmed every snap in practice last week
and thought it was corrected, but it's not.


"We're really serious about this thing. It's three snaps out of 70-something,
but it needs to be 100 percent."


Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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