Thursday Practice Report


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Clemson practiced for a little over three hours on the
football practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center on Thursday afternoon.

"The team worked really hard today for three hours and fifteen
minutes," Head Coach Tommy Bowden said following the team's 16th of 29
preseason practices.

Clemson will practice on Friday afternoon before scrimmaging in
Death Valley on Saturday. On Saturday, Clemson will work on the kicking
game for an hour before taking part in their second scrimmage of the
preseason at Memorial Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. The scrimmage will be
closed to the public.

Bowden said he was hoping to see some of his players create
separations within their positions at Saturday's scrimmage. "We have a
bunch of guys that are playing around a pack and none that are really
stepping up. I hope that none of the guys are content with where they
are on the depth chart. Hopefully guys will begin to separate
themselves from the pack."

Willie Simmons sore shoulder is beginning to show improvements
as Bowden said Simmons came close on Thursday to returning to the same
number of reps that he had before developing the problem.

Bowden's staff watched film and worked on a game plan for the
Marshall game for four hours on Thursday morning.
Bowden said that offensive tackle Nathan Gillespie, who suffered a torn
ligament in his knee in Tuesday's scrimmage, will be out until at least
the spring. Bowden also said left tackle T.J. Watkins suffered a
slight ankle injury and defensive tackle Damonte McKenzie was hampered
by a slight pulled hamstring, but both should be back at practice on
Friday. Offensive lineman Gary Byrd did not practice and is out with a
foot injury.


Note - Junior free safety Robert Carswell (Lithonia, GA) was listed as a
preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award. The Jim Thorpe Award is
presented annually to the best defensive back in college football. The
Jim Thorpe Association in Oklahoma City, which presents the award,
announced the preseason players to "Watch List" on Wednesday.

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