CLEMSON - Still unwilling to name starters in some of his tighter position battles, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden remains pleased with the level of competition.
Increased talent at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and the secondary have made for camp-long fights for depth chart positions. And Bowden, like any other coach, believes such competition only serves to make his team stronger.
Take, for instance, the wide receiver position.
Junior Kelvin Grant, who many feel is finally ready to break out of his career-long funk and live up to the potential he's flashed since arriving on campus, hasn't practiced since the first fall scrimmage because of a separated shoulder. But with an incoming freshman like Tyler Grisham wowing them in camp, Grant's absence could be more detrimental to him than originally thought.
"What's the word, expendable? When you're expendable there's an increased sense of urgency to get back," Bowden said following Saturday's practice.
Such is the depth of the position, thanks to Grisham, fellow freshman Rendrick Taylor and redshirt freshman Aaron Kelly.
But it was Grisham about whom Bowden raved Saturday.
"Maybe the most productive guy the last six days has been (Grisham)," he said. "He's a pretty smart guy who can jump around and play several positions. He might be taking a lot of those guys balls (besides) Kelvin's.
"Good route runner, good hands, very knowledgeable, good instincts, got a feel for the game; he's really been impressive."
The team is off Sunday, then begins game-week preparation for next Saturday's season opener with Texas A&M.