Todd McClinton Will Miss Entire Season

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Todd McClinton is a senior, but might have another year of eligibility in 2004.

Clemson, SC-Clemson senior defensive tackle Todd McClinton will not
play for the Tigers in 2003. The native of Columbia has had
problems with fainting spells during the off season and during the
preseason practices. McClinton had an episode as recently as the
third day of practice back on August 7.

McClinton has been undergoing tests since the August 7
episode that took place prior to a practicee. Doctors feel he must
go through a six month period without seizures before he is cleared
to play. "I feel badly for Todd," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy
Bowden. "He was working very hard and was definitely going to be a
factor this year. His health obviously comes first."

McClinton is a senior, but might have another year of
eligibility in 2004. As a partial qualifier out of high school, he
could become eligible for the 2004 season if he graduates by the end
summer school in August 2004.

McClinton played in 10 games a year ago as a backup and had
15 tackles and five quarterback pressures. He played 141 snaps in
the 10 games last year. He lettered as a tight end in 2001.

Defensive Line Depth Chart

Pos.	#	Name			Hgt.	Wgt.	Cl.
LE	56	Khaleed Vaughn		6-4	276	^Gr.
	94	Vontrell Jamison	6-7	280	Jr.
LT	96	Donnell Washington	6-6	320	*Jr.
	76	Eric Coleman		6-5	305	Jr.
RT	97	DeJuan Polk		6-2	285	^Gr.
	92	Trey Tate		6-4	270	*So.
RE	58	J.J. Howard		6-3	245	*Sr.
	99	Maurice Fountain	6-4	250	Jr.


- Bowden said running back Duane Coleman has the starting job for now but
that could change before game time. "He probably has been the most
consistent in preseason in assignments and performance."

- Another position battle is going on between Toure Francis and Tye Hill in the secondary. "It's still very competitive," said Bowden. "I think they will both play a lot, but I'm not sure who the starter is. They both will probably play 50-50 and then coming out of that game we will see if there is a top performer."

- The Tigers may go full pads one more time before the Georgia game on Tuesday. “I might but I don’t know if I will. We have hit a bunch. I just want to make sure every thing feels pretty good come game day.”

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