Tigers Return to Practice Field Monday
Clemson, SC-After a "day off" to meet with supporters during Fan
Appreciation Day on Sunday, the Clemson Tigers returned to the
practice fields for two workouts on Monday. It was the last day in
shorts for the Tigers, who will put on the full pads for the first
time on Tuesday.
Clemson practiced for two hours and 45 minutes in the
morning and two hours and a half in the afternoon on the practice
fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. It was the third of 10
scheduled two-a-day practices.
"Willie Simmons threw the ball well today, especially in the
morning practice," said Bowden of his graduate quarterback who still
has two years of eligibility. "The receivers are doing a good job
catching the ball also.
"We had some defensive backs who made some players
(interceptions), but we also dropped some passes in skeleton drills
that should have been turnovers and no points for the offense. The
last three years we have dropped a lot of passes on defense. We must
improve in that area.
"Travis Pugh had an interception in the morning and in the
evening and Jamaal Fudge had won tonight. David Dunham had an
interception in the morning and has looked good on defense. He is
only 205 pounds, but has shown previously that he is a contact
player. He has done a good job in the middle."
Bowden is anxious to see his team in full pads tomorrow and
plans to do more hitting in the preseason than last year. "We have a
lot of youth on both lines. The defensive line needs to practice the
physical part of the game and the offensive line needs to
communicate, that is so important. You only get that experience by
hitting and doing goal line work. We will do much more of that this
year than last year."
Only three Tigers missed the practice due to injury. Brian
Carr is out with a hamstring injury, while Dustin Fry, the freshman
offensive lineman who suffered a dislocated kneecap last week, also
is in a yellow jersey. Kevin Youngblood saw just limited action due
to a sprained foot.