Wednesday Clemson Football Practice Report


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Clemson, SC-Clemson practiced in shoulder pads and shorts for two
hours behind the Jervey Athletic Center on Wednesday. It was the
first day of class at Clemson University and the first day of just
one practice per day for the Tiger football team. The Tigers worked
on correcting mistakes made in the scrimmage on Tuesday.


"The offense made some big plays in the scrimmage on Tuesday,
it was the first time that had happened in the preseason," said
Bowden. "Most of them were on missed tackles. It was a long day
with two practices in pads. When the offense hit a couple of big
plays it seemed to suck the intensity out of the defense.


"But, there was renewed spirit today. The entire team came
back today with a good effort."


Another reason for the renewed spirit also could have been
the result of an introduction into the game plan for Georgia. "We
introduced the team to preparation for Georgia specifically. We
reviewed Georgia coverages, that sort of thing. It breaks the
monotony that you have in preseason and there was good enthusiasm."


Bowden did not announce any position changes or depth chart
changes. He did say that freshman offensive guard Nathan Bennett has
played well and is competing for a backup position with Mark Jetton
and Nick Black. "He has the size at 6-4 and 300 pounds to compete."
Greg Walker and Cedrick Johnson remain the starters at offensive
guard.


One walk-on has been added to the roster. Thomas Hunter, a
6-4, 220 pound freshman from Marion, SC, has joined the team at wide
receiver.


Eight players were on the injured list for Wednesday, but
none of the injuries are considered serious. Dustin Fry continues to
miss practice with a dislocated kneecap that he suffered in the first
week of practice, but he could return next week. Nick Eason is also
out after cardiac tests last week, but he could be back for the
weekend. Cole Chason (PK) is out with a back problem, while Derrick
Hamilton missed practice with a sprained ankle suffered in Tuesday's
scrimmage. He should be back by the end of the week.


Eric Coleman (hamstring), Chad Jasmin (pulled stomach
muscle), Bernard Rambert (ankle) and Gary Byrd (ankle), also missed
practice on Tuesday.

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