Weather Hampers Clemson's Fifth Practice

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Clemson, SC-All football coaches look forward to the first day of
practice, but sometimes Mother Nature gets in the way. The Tigers
lost about 30 minutes of practice time and 40 minutes overall due to lightning and severe weather in the Clemson area during the middle of practice and it forced Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden to curtail some of his scheduled contact on Tuesday.

"It is just difficult to come back out after taking 40 minutes off in the locker room in the middle of practice," said Bowden, who took his team through its fifth practice of the preseason. "We weren't as sharp today and the break due to the
weather had a lot to do with that. It put us a little off schedule
and we didn't hit as much as we would have liked.

"We have certainly had a lot of rain the last four days. We have a lot of experience working in bad weather so we will be prepared for that in the fall."

The Tigers had some situational scrimmaging for the last 10 minutes of practice, but it was considered a "thud scrimmage" as the defense did not bring the offensive players to the ground.

Still, the Tiger mentor was pleased with the leadership of his seniors on Tuesday and for the first five practices overall.
"The team came camp in good physical conditions and with a good work ethic. The seniors have set an example and they have shown good leadership so far. The practices have gone well so far and they have a lot to do with it."

Bowden announced one position move on Tuesday. Freshman Demerick Chancellor, a running back at Miami Edison High School in Miami, FL who gained 812 yards on just 87 carries as a senior, has
been moved to the secondary. Tuesday was his first practice on that
side of the ball.

Bowden talked about a few of his players who have done well so far. "Dorell Scott is a player who has looked good. He missed a lot of time in the spring due to injury, but he has shown up so far.
Duane Coleman has practiced well and has caught the ball consistently out of the backfield, which he has done in the past (49 career receptions). As far as a big play receiver, Chansi Stuckey certainly has a chance to fill that role, but Aaron Kelly also could be our go-to guy. Curtis Baham is another candidate."

Wednesday will be final exam day for the second session of summer school. Tuesday's practice did not include the normal sprints at the end of practice to allow the players to get to dinner, then study for final exams. The Tigers will not practice Wednesday until 7:30 PM to 10:30 Pm in order to finish the exams in the afternoon.

There were not new injuries reported on Tuesday.

Dan Scott Report

CLEMSON - Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden was hoping for big thunder on the field Tuesday, the first day his Tigers worked out in full pads.

Instead, he got lightning from above which interrupted practice for approximately 40 minutes. The weather continued to wreak havoc with the flow and enthusiasm of Clemson's workouts. Only this time, unlike Monday, there were precious few big plays to snap the team out of its funk.

"Anytime you practice for an hour and have to break for 40 minutes you have a hard time getting them back," Bowden said. "It wasn't as sharp as you would want, but that's to be anticipated."

Still, weather woes aside, Bowden remains happy with his team's early progress and said that Tuesday's delay only cost them minimal installation time on both offense and defense.

"We're not too far off. We'll be able to get it back pretty quickly," he said. "The skill level advancement, because of the poor weather, has been (off) more than anything."

Clemson will continue regular workouts today and Thursday, hold its first two-a-day session on Friday, and go through a three-hour live scrimmage on Saturday.

None of the workouts are open to the public.

This Sunday is the team's annual Fan Appreciation Day.

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