Wednesday Spring Practice Report
CLEMSON — With Clemson's penultimate spring workout out of the way, Tommy
Bowden hopes to put together an Orange-White game Saturday that will be
beneficial to everyone — team, coaches and fans.
Bowden, speaking after practice Wednesday, said the format for Saturday's
game will be decided today.
"We're going to meet (today) and see if we had any injuries, then distinguish
the format," Bowden said. "We'll try to make it as entertaining as possible
for the fans, but yet productive for us and not waste a 15th practice."
Backup quarterback Willie Simmons drew praise from Bowden following
Wednesday's practice. With incumbent starter Woody Dantzler being limited as
he recovers from off-season ankle surgery, Bowden said Simmons has shown
steady improvement as the spring has commenced.
"He had a good scrimmage today and has made some progress," said Bowden.
"We've put in some new things, and he's executing those new things pretty
Dantzler will not play Saturday, a precaution against reinjuring his
surgically-repaired ankle. He is expected to be at or near 100 percent come
Bowden also spoke highly of the secondary, including Charles Hafley and
Ronnie Delusame, for their continued aggressiveness as practice commenced,
and seems pleased with his team's overall progress.
"We had a pretty good spring," he said. "We didn't have a whole bunch of
major injuries, and I think we're better than we were 14 days ago. That's
kind of what you like to accomplish. I'm anxious to get the freshmen in, the
injured guys in and start in August."
The Orange-White game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday in Death Valley.