Tuesday Clemson Football Practice Update
Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden continues to look for some players to step up to help the team turn the season around like the previous two years. “In the past there has been a core of guys that would not let us falter down at the end,” Bowden said. “ Winning 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 6. We got to find a core of guys out there that will say hey we got to find a way to win these close games.”
Cole Downer could return
Senior tight end Cole Downer, who underwent emergency spleen surgery on September 17 following Clemson's 36-30 triple overtime loss to Miami, participated in some conditioning drills at practice. At the end of October, Downer will evaluated to see if a return might be possible.
Tigers still looking at Barry
Unless the Tiger suffer more injuries, the only true freshmen that Bowden would consider pulling the redshirt off at this point in the season is tight end Durrell Barry. Bowden said Barry is getting a lot of work in practice, but the staff is trying to save his redshirt at this time.
In an effort to find a way to turn the recent close losses into wins, the Tigers worked in some extra conditioning drills. “We worked pretty hard out there from a conditioning stand point to get the point across that it’s going to cost you,” said Bowden. “It’s not going to come easy. You are going to have to experience some pain.”
Recently defensive coordinator Vic Koenning indicated some of the Tigers’ problems on defense was a lack of talent. However, Bowden said he would attribute it to inexperience. “You have a bunch of young guys that potentially are going to be really, really good,” said Bowden. “They are playing (a lot) trying to win in a pretty tough conference on the road.”
Clemson added a basketball commitment from center Karolis Petrukonis (6-9, 265) out of Norfolk, Virginia. The Lithuanian native also had interest from USC, Virginia Tech and William and Mary.