Spring Practice: Bowden Looking For Playmakers, Intensity


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CLEMSON -- Clemson will scrimmage Saturday at 1:30 in Death Valley and there's every
indication that it could turn into a war.


Spring practice is in high gear after four practices this week. That's given
the coaches time to evaluate some talent and intensity. Clemson coach Tommy
Bowden is still looking for play makers and he's not pleased with the
intensity level.


"I hope to see some of it tomorrow," he said after Clemson practiced for two
and a half hours on Friday in shoulder pads and shorts.


 Kevin Youngblood chased by Altroy Bodrick.


Most of the practice dealt with fundamentals and there was a half hour of
offense on defense at the end.


The Tigers also practiced the kicking game - both place kicking and punting
- which Bowden was satisfied with. However, he left the field not impressed
with the intensity or satisfied with the wide receivers.


"We're just looking for the guys to make plays," he said. "We're looking for
somebody to replace Rod Gardner."


J.J. McKelvey stood out at receiver during the practice and quarterback
Willie Simmons was solid leading the offense in skeleton drills and team
offense against defense drills.


  Willie Simmons with the pass


"I think this gives Willie a chance to gain experience with the number-one
unit," said Clemson offensive coordinator Brad Scott. "It's hard to get two
quarterbacks prepared for a game during the season. Willie has always gotten
reps with the second team and those maybe aren't as quality of reps. This is
a tremendous advantage for Willie."


Simmons will get his chance Saturday to lead the first team in a controlled
scrimmage. Bot the first and second team will get five 12-play drives.


"We're not trying to scheme or razzle dazzle or trick anyone in the
scrimmage," said Scott. "It'll be pretty much a base offense. We're trying
to identify our players. Our biggest goal this spring is to develop a second
team."

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