Youngblood Injury has Clemson Being Cautious


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Youngblood sprained his foot in the morning practice .

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CLEMSON - The first day of full squad workouts saw a pair of Clemson veterans
forced to the sidelines with injuries.


Wide receiver Kevin Youngblood sprained his foot and tight end Bobby
Williamson strained a calf muscle during Friday's early practice. Both
players sat out the evening workout, along with defensive end Vontrell
Jamison, who was suffering from dehydration.


While neither injury was thought to be serious, there was at least minor
concern over Youngblood's ailment. Though the sprained foot is on the leg
opposite the one he broke last season, trainer Danny Poole refused to project
when or if Youngblood would be back at practice.


"The crystal ball is closed on this one," he said. "Sometimes you really
can't tell much about these things the day they happen. You have to wait
24-48 hours to get a better feel."


Poole said X-rays were negative, but said such an injury - done to the top of
Youngblood's foot - "can be" serious at times.


Otherwise, head coach Tommy Bowden characterized the first full squad workout
as a success.


"Their conditioning was good. That was the big thing," he said after the
first practice. "(Strength coach) Joey Batson and his staff did a good job
with them over the summer."


NOTES


- Bowden left the evening practice about 20 minutes early to attend an IPTAY
meeting at his home.


- Freshman Donnell Clark, cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse Thursday
afternoon, reported Friday and went through both workouts. There is still no
word on the pending cases of running back Duane Coleman and wide receiver Ty
Zimmerman.


- Also reporting for the first time Friday was wide receiver Michael Collins,
the transfer from Tennessee. Collins, who will sit out this season, is
practicing in jersey No. 4, the retired number of former Clemson quarterback
Steve Fuller.


Asked if he knew the significance of the number, Collins shook his head and
smiled.


"Oh yeah. I guarantee you I won't be wearing this next year."


Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 10 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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