E-Mail Bag: 10/17

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Will James Davis be back in time for Florida State?

It is difficult to tell this early. Davis has never suffered an injury like this, so there is no track record for how his body heals. At this point, I would say it is doubtful he returns against FSU. When he does return, he will be wearing a brace similar to what Rendrick Taylor wears in the games now. Davis normally carries the ball in his right arm, so protecting the ball should not be a big issue. They will be careful with Davis, and I would not look for them to rush him back before he is ready.

What will the Bowden detractors say now?

The anti-Bowden crew still has their ammmunition. They have been quieted for the time being, but they are not far away. This team still has to finish the year. Winning one-game has never been a question under Bowden. This team has proven they can play with anybody in the country, but at some point, they will need to be consistent. In my opinion, this team has played hard every game this year. I could not honestly say that last year. The program is headed in the right direction, and I am excited to see how this year finishes on the field and in recruiting.

If Clemson becomes bowl eligible, what bowls would look at them?

Right now, the BCS and Gator bowls are out the window. The ACC would need to get two teams in the BCS for Clemson to still have a shot at the Peach Bowl. Realistic options are Tangerine, Charlotte, or Boise. Clemson will probably need to get to seven wins to secure a bowl bid. Even considering how well Clemson travels, six wins will not guarantee a bowl bid this season.

Any word on basketball?

One source told me KC Rivers is the real deal. It was said that Rivers is already the best shooter on the team. Rivers will be playing at about 90-95% all year this season. He will never regain his full leaping ability, but he is one of the most basketball savvy freshman Clemson has had in sometime. Troy Mathis is still very dangerous offensively, but he needs to become more dedicated on defense. This is going to be a fun team to watch this year, and I still think they have a legitimate shot to make the NCAA tournament.

What are our biggest needs in recruiting?

Needs in the secondary have been addressed, as long as they hold onto to what they have. Clemson will need to sign one more edge rusher to compliment Ricky Sapp. Signing a tight end who can be ready to play right away is a need. After this season, Clemson will only have two scholarship tight ends, and neither will have played a down going into next season. The staff still wants one more safety, one more running back, and one more receiver. Clemson will likely sign 2-3 offensive lineman with Clifton Geathers atop the wish list.

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