Quotes from Bowden on Opening Practice in Orlando

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Tommy Bowden on....

light workout this morning.

" This afternoon we’ll be in pads, so there will probably be
a little more intensity. We don’t want to play the game on the
practice fields. We’ll be down here for more than a week, so we have
to pace ourselves in our preparation. Anytime you’re practicing twice
a day, you have to be careful not to hurt your legs. Especially when
you play a type of team like Texas Tech, that likes to throw the ball
around, you need to be sprinting around on the field."

On running ability of QB Charlie Whitehurst

"Charlie has pretty good running skills. He moves around in
the pocket, going east and west, but he's not Woody (Dantzler) or
the kid at Iowa State (Seneca Wallace) or the kid at Iowa (Brad
Banks). He had a good run at South Carolina (in Clemson's last
game), but he's looking to throw first."

On four players (DeJuan Polk, Tony Elliott, Matt Watson, Nick
Black) graduating this week.

"We'll fly them up for the ceremony, so they won't be here
on Friday. The NCAA allows you to do that. That will give us 12 guys
on the team with their degrees. I've never been around anything like
that before. I've been around teams with a walk-on that had his
degree, or a third-team guy, but nothing like this. Most of those 12
guys are starters and playing for us. I think that says a lot for the
job Joe White and the Student-Athlete Enrichment office does."

On difference between bowl game in Orlando and Boise

"I think the weather helps. It makes it easier to have fun
at practice and it helps the effort. When you're a skill player,
it's no fun running around with ski hats and gloves and sweaters,
trying to make plays."

On balance of fun and work during bowl week –

"The players know that when it's time to go to work, we need
to work. After the whistle blows and we head back to the hotel, they
can have a good time. We'll give them some free time, but when we
come out here (to practice) we need to work."

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