Clemson, SC-Tommy Bowden held his second practice within a 12-hour
period Saturday morning. The Tigers worked Friday night in Death
Valley for two hours in a situational scrimamge, then concluded their
preseason work on Saturday morning with a two hour workout at the
practice fields from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
"We wanted to give the players who live near Clemson a chance
to go home for the rest of the weekend," said Bowden of the early
morning practice. "It was a good workout, we got some things
accomplished." There will be a team meeting for upperclassmen on
Sunday and the Tigers will return to the practice fields on Monday.
It must have been a good workout because Bowden did not make
his team run at the end of practice, much to the delight of the team.
When he blew the whistle suspending "fifths" there was much
celebration. Nick Eason actually ran to the center of the team
huddle, hugged Bowden and lifted him off the ground.
"We did not make them run because they have done a good job
of conditioning in the offseason and the preseason. It was as much
for what they had done in May, June and July. We are in good
physical condition, we will be ready physically for Georgia. But, we
need a lot of work this last week on the mental aspect of the game."
Saturday's practice concluded the preseason work for the
Tigers. Monday will start game week preparation for eighth-ranked
Georgia. "There was a lot of enthusiasm today. Nick Eason was back
to practice 100 percent. He certainly is one of our team leaders, it
was good to have him back." Eason had tests for an irregular heart
beat last weekend and had missed a week of practice. He has been
given full clearance by team doctors.
Many of Clemson's injured players returned to practice on
Saturday. In fact, only freshman offensive lineman Dustin Fry was in
a yellow jersey. He is recovering from a dislocated kneecap, an
injury he suffered early in the preseason. He could return to
practice this week however.
Chad Jasmin (pulled stomach muscle) and Derrick Hamilton (sprained
ankle) were upgraded to a green jersey. They are not 100 percent
yet, but should be able to play against Georgia. "I am worried about
Derrick Hamilton," said Bowden. "He has a high ankle sprain, which
is difficult to come back from when you are a back or receiver. That
is the injury that gave Woody (Dantzler) problems in 2000."
Bowden Press Conference on ESPN News
Tommy Bowden's first weekly press conference will be Tuesday
at the McFadden Auditorium. The press conference is open to members
of the media only, but segments of the press conference on August
27th and throughout the year will be shown on ESPN News.
Bowden's press conference will be part of a number of college
football press conferences shown every Tuesday throughout the season.
The network has not said whether the press conference will be shown
live, or on a tape delay basis. Bowden's press conference begins at
11:00 AM eastern time and ESPN News does not usually begin showing
live press conferences until 12:00 Noon.