Thursday Clemson Football Practice Brief


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Bowden and the team will go through a dry run of game day operations in Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Clemson, SC-The Clemson Tigers worked for two and half hours on the
practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center on Thursday
afternoon. The team will work for more than two hours in Memorial
Stadium on Friday in what Head Coach Tommy Bowden calls "The Beanie
Bowl."


The Beanie Bowl is a dry run of game day operations from pregame
warmup to testing of the communication system. The team will
practice early Saturday morning, then take Sunday off.


"Practice went well today," said Bowden. "At this point we
are working on alignment and assignments and working on our
preparation for Central Florida. We certainly can't afford to get
anyone else injured." The Tigers have lost two starters in the last
week. Senior linebacker Altroy Bodrick is out for the year with a
torn ACL suffered in last Saturday's scrimmage in Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Youngblood suffered a broken leg in a
scrimmage on the practice fields on Tuesday.


There were no new injuries reported on Thursday. Travis
Zachery was in a yellow jersey due to a sprained ankle, but he should
be back soon. Khaleed Vaughn, starting defensive end, missed another
practice with a neck injury, but he should also be back by the
weekend. Starting offensive tackle Derrick Brantley continued to
miss practice with a sprained knee, as did tight end Morgan Woodward.
Offensive linemen T.J. Watkins and Gary Byrd were back at full
strength.


Bowden was asked after the practice to comment on the naming
of Chad Carson to the Butkus Award preseason list and about the
progress of the defensive line. "If they look at the total package,
Chad is certainly a worthy candidate. He led our team in tackles
last year, finishing among the nation leaders. When you factor in
his academic accomplishments you have quite a strong candidate.


"The defensive line has played well in the preseason. For
the first couple of scrimmages they really did well against the
offensive line. The offensive line won the battle in the last
scrimmage. But, we have some players who have to step up. Jovon
Bush is a fifth-year player who needs to be productive. Bryant
McNeal is in his fourth year and he needs to be a factor. Nick Eason
has been learning a new position, but has had a good camp."

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