Thursday Practice Report: Crosby Out


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CLEMSON - With a few more injured Clemson players returning to full workouts
Thursday, the concern remains centered on defensive tackles Jovon Bush and
Nick Eason.


Bush has been hobbled by a bruised bone in his foot suffered last week
against Virginia. In the same game, Eason left the field early in the
first quarter with a sprained ankle and never returned.


Both continued to work in limited conditions Thursday, and head coach Tommy
Bowden said their availability and effectiveness won't be decided until they
go through live hitting drills during pregame Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium,
where Clemson plays No. 9 Georgia Tech.


"I'll take the guys who've not really gone full speed with contact (this
week) and see if they can sustain a blow," Bowden said. "The do full speed
hitting out there, and if their injuries can sustain full-speed contact we'll
see how long they can go."


Most of Bowden's walking wounded were back in orange practice jerseys
Thursday, though that's no guarantee of their Saturday availability.


For instance, though wide receivers J.J. McKelvey (knee) and Matt Bailey
(hamstring) practiced in orange both Wednesday and Thursday, Bowden wasn't
ready to pronounce either as a sure thing for Saturday's opening whistle.


"You're always hesitant because of the position they play, the amount of
contact involved and the angles that you get contact from," he said. "You get
it from all sides. So I really don't have a good feel."


NOTES


- Freshman wide receiver Roscoe Crosby, out since the first series of the
Wofford game with a sprain and bone bruise in his knee, won't play Saturday
unless an emergency arises.


With a week off following Georgia Tech, Crosby is expected to be back in
action for the Oct. 13 game at N.C. State.


- Strict security measures will be in place Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.


According to a release earlier this week from the Clemson Sports Information
Dept., backpacks will not be allowed through the gates, and the Georgia Tech
Athletic Association reserves the right to search all other types of bags.
Fans are discouraged from bringing bags of any kind, including purses. Gates
will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff, which is at 3:30 p.m.


Fans are also reminded that the following items are also prohibited:


Food, alcohol, bottles, cans, thermos bottles, artificial noisemakers,
umbrellas and stadium seats with arms. The GTAA reserves the right to refuse
admission to or eject any person whose conduct is disruptive or dangerous.


Extra security personnel will be on hand to assist in this process.

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