Wednesday Clemson Football Practice Brief


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Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden announced the new
alignment for his wide receiver position on Wednesday after a
two-and-a-half hour workout on the practice fields behind the Jervey
Athletic Center. The moves were the result of Kevin Youngblood's
season ending broken leg, an injury he suffered in practice on
Tuesday.


Bowden said he has moved Jackie Robinson from the Y wide
receiver to Youngblood's X position. Roscoe Crosby has moved into
the starting slot at Robinson's former Y position. Graduate student
Matt Bailey and red-shirt freshman Derrick Hamilton make up the other
starting wide receiver slots when Clemson uses a four-wide receiver
position.


"Jackie Robinson is a veteran who can play every position,"
said Bowden. "That is really the only move we can make. He will
move into Kevin Youngblood's position and Roscoe Crosby will move
into Jackie's old position. Roscoe had been Jackie's backup. Roscoe
caught two touchdown passes in the scrimmage on Tuesday and has shown
improvement. As time goes on he has understood alignment. I am not
reluctant to start a first-year freshman at wide receiver. I started
four first-year freshmen when I was the wide receivers coach at
Auburn."


Youngblood had a titanium rod placed in his broken leg. The
operation was termed successful by team physician Dr. Byron Harder.
The surgery was performed late Tuesday night and Youngblood was
resting comfortably on Wednesday. Many of his teammates went to
visit him in the hospital on Wednesday evening.


Clemson Defensive Coordinator Reggie Herring also had surgery
on Wednesday. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the scrimmage
last Saturday. True to his nature, Herring was at practice Wednesday
afternoon, coaching from a golf cart. "He came back to the office an
hour before practice," said Bowden. "He had the surgery early in the
morning so he could come to practice.


That was pretty amazing. I've never had a coach work a practice on
morphine before, " said Bowden with a smile.


Gary Byrd and T.J. Watkins were back at practice on Wednesday
after missing some time due to sprained knees. Derrick Brantley,
another starting offensive lineman, missed the practice with a
sprained knee. Morgan Woodward, the starting tight end, also missed
time due to a sprained knee. Rodney Thomas was out with a groin
injury and Khaleed Vaughn missed the workout with a neck injury.
Starting running back Travis Zachery suffered a sprained ankle late
in the practice. All the injuries are not serious.


The Tigers return to practice on Thursday afternoon.

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