Tigers Continue Spring Workouts
CLEMSON, SC -- On Monday, the Tigers held another 3 hour practice in helmets and shorts. Head coach Tommy Bowden and his staff used the time to evaluate the skill players and work on alignments and timing. The enthusiasm seemed to be good with a lot of talking between the offense and defense players.
Chester to Center
Monday marked the second day redshirt freshman Jermyn Chester practiced at center behind starter Kyle Young. Chester missed all of last season with a knee injury. “He is doing good but you don’t know until you put the pads on,” said Bowden. “That’s a new position for him so I think progress will be slow because of a new position and coming off a pretty serious knee surgery.”
Both Justin Watts and Jackie Robinson have been moved to the inside slot position after playing wide out last year. Bowden does not think it will be too hard of a transition. “It’s a difference but not a big difference,” said Bowden. “Catching is catching. They just have to get use to a different environment.”
J.J. to Wide Receiver
J.J. McKelvey continues to make progress in switching to wide receiver after playing on the defensive side of the ball last year. “J.J. catches the ball well,” said Bowden. “His work will be with assignments and alignment in a fast tempo offense. If we huddled and took our time then it would be a little easier for him but we really can’t hold back. He has to learn to line up on the run and pretty quickly. But he catches the ball good and I think it is just a matter of time before he is a very productive player on offense.”
Looking for Quality
“I got depth, but I am looking for quality depth,” said Bowden. “Duke had 20 something starters back last year. I know a lot has been made about how many starters we have back, but we had 6 wins last year. So I got 18 starters back from a 6 win team. That’s good and that’s bad. I got depth but how good is my depth? If they can’t back up anybody or put pressure on anyone then it’s dead weight.”
Robert Carswell was back in practice after missing on Saturday to take a certification test. Kevin Johnson was absent from practice again due to the funeral for his mother which on Monday. Bowden is hopeful to have him back on Tuesday. The Tigers will practice in full pads on Wednesday and Friday and also have a possible scrimmage on Saturday morning.