CLEMSON - The final full scale practice before Saturday's season opener came
and went Thursday with no better news on two of Clemson's main offensive
Running back Bernard Rambert and wide receiver Derrick Hamilton both
practiced sparingly Thursday, according to offensive coordinator Brad Scott.
Each remains listed as questionable for Saturday's 7:45 p.m. kickoff vs.
Georgia in Athens.
"Neither could go the whole series anytime we were out there," said Scott,
addressing the media in place of head coach Tommy Bowden, who left practice
early to do his weekly radio program.
"I think they're both still limited in their execution. We've still got two
days before we have to play it, but you'd have to say they're both still
questionable right now."
Both players will undergo "as many treatments as possible" today and prior to
the game Saturday with trainer Danny Poole, Scott said. The hope is between
treatment and rest, Hamilton and Rambert will have enough time to recover
If neither player is 100 percent, Scott said, it's unlikely they would start
if Bowden holds true to his word.
"Coach Bowden has said that if a player isn't 100 percent he won't get the
start. But obviously that's his decision, and he'll wait and see how they
recover over the next two days."
Meanwhile, wide receiver Kevin Youngblood had another good practice Thursday
and has been upgraded to probable for Saturday. Either he or J.J. McKelvey
will start at the X-receiver.
True freshman Kelvin Grant continued to be impressive working at that spot,
as well. Scott said if any of the true freshmen play Saturday, Grant would be
the most likely candidate.
And senior Wynn Kopp, who spent the first two years of his college career at
Georgia, seemed to solidify his grip on the punting job with a good day
"He's actually had two good days in a row," Scott said. "I think this game
means a lot to him."
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.