Clemson held its seventh consecutive one-a-day practice on Thursday. On Friday, the Tigers will hold the first of five two-a-day sessions. Head Coach Tommy Bowden did not miss the chance to test his team’s conditioning in what was the hottest practice to date.
“It was hot today. I am sweating pretty good and I just stood there. We ran them pretty hard at the end after a three hour and twenty minute practice,” said Coach Bowden.
The Tigers did close practice with a 25-minute scrimmage. The defense thus far had been ahead of the offense, but Thursday belonged to the offense.
“The other day we scrimmaged on first and ten, and the defense was ahead of the offense. Today, I think the offense got the best of the defense. James Davis broke a fifty yard touchdown run, and Cole Downer made a big catch.”
Cole Downer is looking to nail down a larger role in the offense at tight end. The tight ends will be more utilize in the offense this season, in fact Coach Bowden light heartedly clarified what it would take for the tight ends to not be involved.
“I would say unless Rob dies between now and the first game. He is Christian so second coming maybe, but of course, I am Christian too, so I guess I wouldn’t be here either.”
While the offense was ahead of the defense, Coach Bowden seemed to be pleased with the play of his secondary.
“Chris Clemons continues to play real well at corner. C.J. Gaddis had some good hits on defense and had a consistent day. Michael Hamlin also had some big plays, while Tye Hill and Jamaal Fudge were solid in the secondary.”
The Tigers will go full pads in the morning from 8:15-10:45, then go in shells from 4:30 to 7:15.
- CJ Gaddis, Chansi Stuckey, and Kelvin Grants are working on punt returns.
- Nathan Bennett, Dustin Fry, and Bobby Hutchinson were in yellow jerseys on Thursday. Coach Bowden did say if it was a game Fry most likely would have played. Dorrell Scott left practice with cramps.