Tigers Hold Scrimmage in Death Valley
Clemson, SC-The offense had the upper hand in a Tuesday Clemson
football scrimmage in Death Valley. Tommy Bowden worked his team for
over two and a half hours on Tuesday, the final day of two-a-day
practices. Earlier, the team worked for an hour and a half on the
Tuesdays' scrimmage featured a pair of touchdown runs by Chad
Jasmin and four touchdown passes, two by Charlie Whitehurst and two
by Willie Simmons. Touchdown receptions were made by freshman Gerald
McCloud, freshman Kelvin Grant, junior Kevin Youngblood and senior
Tony Elliott. Grant's was a 50-yard reception from Whitehurst.
Aaron Hunt booted field goals of 49 and 45 yards, certainly an
offensive highlight of the scrimmage.
The defense did not have as many big plays at it had in
Saturday's scrimmage when the offense scored just two touchdowns all
day. Bryant McNeal had a caused fumble, while Brandon Jamison and
Kelvin Morris both recorded sacks.
"The offense made some big plays today," said Bowden. "I
don't know if it was an alignment problem or good plays by the
offense. The defense had been ahead of the offense, but the offense
caught up some today.
"The offense improved in that they did not have as many
turnovers as they did Saturday, but they did commit some penalties.
We lined up offside. We certainly have to improve in that area.
Both quarterbacks looked good. Willie Simmons and Charlie Whitehurst
threw the ball well and Chad Jasmin ran well."
Overall, Bowden was satisfied with what he was able to
accomplish during two-a-days. "We missed some work last night due to
the ran and we had a couple of players out with injuries, but overall
we got a lot out of two-a-day practice. We head into this week with
a lot of work to do to get ready to play a top 10 team on the road."
The scrimmage in the stadium was played with noise resonating
over the public address system. "We need to work in that
environment, it will be loud at Georgia. This forced the players to
work with signals. The offense did a good job, I don't think we had
any delay of game penalties."
Derrick Hamilton and Bobby Williams both suffered sprained
ankles in the scrimmage, but the injuries are not serious. Todd
McClinton saw limited work, but Kevin Youngblood returned and caught
a couple of passes. Nick Eason watched from the sidelines as he
recovers from cardiac tests held over the weekend. Tye Hill, who had
been suffering from a pulled hamstring, returned to practice and
scored a touchdown on a three-yard run.
One of the visitors to practice was wide receiver Roscoe
Crosby, who will sit out this season after enduring Tommy John
Surgery. He begins classes at Clemson on Wednesday, along with the
rest of the Clemson team.