Tigers Turn Full Attention To Florida Atlantic

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After practice audio from Tommy Bowden: Windows Media

CLEMSON - As two-a-days were winding down last week, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden cast an eye towards Monday.

Monday was the first day of game week. And after a brutal preseason which included three full scale live scrimmages, his Tigers were a beaten, tired bunch. With Saturday and Sunday off, Bowden said he expected his players to have more "spring in their step."

Apparently they did. Now Bowden has to make sure they spring in moderation.

"You want some, but you don't want a whole bunch because we're so far away from playing," he said following Monday's workout. "You hope they're a little bit tired after practice. We didn't do conditioning today, so we tried to condition them during practice.

"I hope they're tired today, then you'd like to see it drain off a little at the end."

As the Tigers turn their full attention to Saturday's season-opener with Florida Atlantic (3:30 p.m.), there remain few positions where a clear-cut starter hasn't been named.

One of them is a continuation of a battle which has been waged all fall - the competition between Cole Chason and Jimmy Maners for the starting punter slot. Bowden said he spoke with both punters Monday and told them the fight was still on.

"They'll kick all week. We could make a decision Thursday, Friday or in pregame on Saturday," said Bowden. "It could go that long."

The other major battle is at the X receiver spot, where Aaron Kelly and Rendrick Taylor are listed as even on the depth chart.

Bowden also said that Jacoby Ford would get first crack at returning punts Saturday. C.J. Spiller will be his backup. Both Ford and Spiller will handle kickoff returns.

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