Quotable Bowden, Taylor

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Clemson resumed bowl practice on Monday, and wide receiver Rendrick Taylor - out for an extended period of time with a broken arm - was back and working out at full speed. Here are quotes from head coach Tommy Bowden and Taylor on his first day back.


On Taylor's return

“He looked pretty good,” Bowden said. “I would think if he stays healthy from here until game time (he will be ready to play). He went today full tilt… Ran a reverse and got hit. Got hit and fell on the ground on another pass.

“He went down and put some pressure and body weight on that injury which I’m sure was scary for him, but of course they (doctors) would not let him practice if they did not think his bone structure could take it. That was a good sign.”

On Taylor's role

“When he was really, really healthy, we ran a nice little package specifically for him, but I doubt we will put that back in,” Bowden said. “With him coming back would not be as big a factor since we eliminated that package, but he still gives us a little more depth if we have an injury or two.
“He is still a little unpolished being a skill guy and given how long he has been out.”


On his first contact

“The toughest thing is going out there and doing it for the first time again. Once you are injured you tend to try and baby or favorite it, but once I hit the ground, all the fear had left and everything felt pretty good.

“I got tackled a few times today and fell on the elbow and it didn’t hurt at all. I bounced up excited and ready to get out there and make another play. Today was a real good day for me. I felt like I got a lot of my confidence back to take hit on and get out there and make plays.”

“Going out there, knowing I was going full speed and the potential of getting hit on it or hurt, had me real scared and nervous,” Taylor said. “After the first contact and the first time I fell on the ground and fell on it, everything felt okay so I was real excited.
“I felt like I got the fear out of me of getting hit again.”

On getting back to action

“I’m getting a lot of confidence,” he said. “Everyone is going out there and going full speed. A lot of guys, they weren’t scared to hit me. I was just scared to take the hit, but everyone knew I was okay, and right now, I’m excited to be out there making plays again.”

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