Clemson Notebook


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- The unfortunate news of Cole Downer leaves a question mark at tight end. Coach Bowden said Sunday they would likely pull the redshirt off of Durrell Barry. Barry is the most athletic tight end on the roster. His area of weakness is his blocking. Cliff Harrell could be used at tight end some as well. A potential position switch could come with Xavier Littleberry. Littleberry has fallen down the depth chart on defense, and he could be energized by a move to offense much like Chris McDuffie.


- Coach Bowden feels confident his team will not repeat the hangover suffered last year. The players have responded well, and they are ready to get back to work. We will have audio from Monday's player interviews up around 11 pm Monday night.


- There has yet to be a bad review from a recruit that was in attendance. Ricky Sapp was in attendance, and once again, we dispute any claims that he is waivering on his commitment. He will be back in Clemson for the Boston College game. Darius Gaither was in attendance, and we hope to have an update with Gaither by Tuesday. The youngest commitment, Willy Korn, was seen actively working other recruits at the game. The Miami game will likely be the high number for unofficial visits on the season.


- To the surprise of everyone, Duane Coleman did play on Saturday. Coleman participated on eight plays and registered one tackle. If Coach Koenning is confident enough to play Coleman on three days of practice, then it is not out of the question for Coleman to be a big factor on defense this year. It cannot be noted enough that Coleman has a desire to play football greater than any player on this team. It will be interesting to track his snap totals the next few weeks.


- CJ Gaddis played his best game of the season on Saturday. Gaddis was the leading tackler with 10 tackles. Gaddis made a key stop by forcing Sinorice Moss out of bounds on a reverse, and essentially forced triple overtime by stopping Tyrone Moss on third down.


- Jad Dean is now 9/10 on field goals this season. He had made his last 12 attempts before missing a 50-yard attempt against Miami. His last miss was at Miami in 2004. He is the first kicker to hit 9 of his first 10 field goals under Coach Bowden. The short kickoffs were by design and late in the game, Dean showed he can still easily put the ball through the endzone.

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