Tigers Hold Two-Hour Workout Saturday Morning

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The next time the Clemson Tigers take the practice field it will officially be game week. Tommy Bowden’s team finished this week’s practices Saturday morning with a two-hour workout in shells. According to the Tiger head coach, there are still some position battles that may not be settled until late next week.

“There are still some pretty heated battles going on at a lot of positions,” said Bowden. “We have had very good competition this camp, especially at wide receiver, defensive line, and in the secondary. Those are some spots where we could see guys compete for starting jobs up until next Wednesday or Thursday.”

Friday night’s practice was the annual “Beanie Bowl” in Death Valley. The “dress rehearsal” is a scripted scrimmage in which the team goes over every situation imaginable, beginning from pregame warm-ups, to end of the game situations.

“We went over every situation we could cover Friday,” Bowden explained. “We practiced our pregame warm-up routine, but we did not run down the hill due to construction. We tried to make it as much as a game atmosphere as possible, and get used to substitution patterns.”

With Texas A&M on the minds of the players now, it is important that the attention of the team does not stray from the Aggies in the upcoming days explained one Tiger receiver.

“We went down to their place last year and got embarrassed,” said Curtis Baham. “Our team has worked hard, and we know that Texas A&M is a good team. We will have to play smart and execute if we expect to win, and the next week of practice will be key.”

Tight end Cole Downer missed Saturday’s practice with a stomach ailment, and defensive tackle Donnell Clark was in a yellow jersey. It is not known at this point when Downer will return, but Clark is expected to be back at full speed Monday after nursing a sore ankle.

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