Two Tigers Switch Positions as Two-A-Days Start


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Clemson, SC-Clemson held its first two-a-day practice schedule of
the preseason on Monday. After spending Sunday with the Clemson
faithful during Fan Appreciation Day, the Tigers worked on the
practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center for a combined five
hours on Monday, a 2:40 session in the morning and for 2:20 in the
afternoon.

NCAA rules limit teams on the number of two-a-days they can
have in the preseason. In fact, Clemson will have just four such
days this year. New rules state that a team can not hold two-a-day
workouts on consecutive days.

The Tigers will hold a scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon at
Death Valley that will be closed to the public and the media. They
will be back to two-a-days on Wednesday in the morning and afternoon.

"We had a good day of practice overall," said Head Coach
Tommy Bowden. "In the morning we scrimmaged some in full pads at the
goal line and it was even, the offense scored eight times and the
defensive held eight times.

"But, in the afternoon the offense didn't show up. There
were dropped passes, missed assignments, quarterback mistakes,
offside by the line. There was some bad execution by the offense.
The defense had better leadership in the afternoon and they forced
turnovers. The defense came to play again."

The Tigers will scrimmage on Tuesday, the first major
scrimmage of the preseason. "We have a lot of positions open on this
team, some good battles. I will be looking for some players to step
up and take over some of those positions that are close battles."

One of the players that has stood out has been wide receiver
Airese Currie, a junior from Columbia. "Airese has taken over a
starting spot in our two-receiver set from Derrick Hamilton. He has
been our most consistent player in the preseason among the receivers.
He makes big plays. We are looking for someone to do it consistently
like Rod Gardner did."

Bowden announced a pair of position changes among his
freshmen. Tramaine Billie was moved from running back to the
secondary, while Chris McDuffie moved from offensive tackle to
defensive tackle.

Billie is a first-year freshman from Dreher High School in Columbia
who has been a standout among the freshmen so far. He score 19
touchdowns on offense and rushed for over 2000 yards as a senior in
high school. He also had 52 tackles on defense. He was a finalist
for Mr. Football in the state.

McDuffie, who missed a practice last week due to a pulled hamstring,
is a freshman from Danville, VA and George Washington High. He was
named the AAA Defensive Player of the year and was the MVP of the
Virginia Shrine Bowl.

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