Bowl practice notebook I

CLEMSON - The first full week of bowl practices are nearly finished. CUTigers brings an extensive notebook with the Meineke Car Care Bowl now two weeks away.

Jarvis Jenkins still has one more semester of classes before he graduates from Clemson. The senior defensive tackle will train for the NFL Draft while he's finishing the final 14 hours left for a degree.

But he has one more game at Clemson to worry about.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it, because when I leave, I know I'm going to miss it. I'm trying to sink it in all at one time," Jenkins said, "Just trying to enjoy my teammates, have fun, go out with a bang and win this last game, win the bowl game and get them boys momentum for next season, and get myself momentum going into the combine and the Senior Bowl."

There are a few areas of his game that he'd like to improve while preparing for the combine.

"Just getting quicker, getting my lateral movement better, get my hips better," Jenkins said. "Just stretch and get more flexible. That's going to be a big key in me going to the combine and doing all those drills."

Tajh Boyd is expected to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (Roy Philpott)
Tajh Boyd has one more game before it's all his.

Two weeks eft before the bowl game, two weeks left before Boyd is handed the keys the Clemson football program for the next few seasons.

"This practice is another part of that growth," he said. "I'm using this like a spring practice, just try to get as much as I can out of it. I'm just trying to do everything I can before I'm able to take over the team."

Boyd understands what comes with being a leader, particularly from the quarterback position.

"The guys have to look up to you as a leader. I'm just doing everything I can to try to encourage these guys and build some leadership skills," he said.

The New Year's Eve bowl game will be the final time DeAndre McDaniel will lineup at safety for Clemson.

The All-American talks about the players the young members of the Tigers' secondary that will be asked to step up next season when he, Marcus Gilchrist and Byron Maxwell have moved on.

"All the guys that played this year and are returning are going to be pretty good," McDaniel said. "Darius Robinson, a guy who didn't play that much this year, he's going to be pretty good.

"Bashaud Breeland, he's one that everybody should keep their eyes on. I think he's going to come out. He's probably the best out of all of them."

He added that both coaches and players alike "see something" in Robinson and Martin Jenkins, two of the freshman cornerbacks that saw playing time this season.

"I think Garry Peters and Desmond Brown will be pretty good also," McDaniel said. "They've just kind of got to get the scheme down now." Top Stories