The Tigers practiced in the Georgia Dome for the first time this morning for just over 2 hours. Practice began around 11:30 and lasted through the bottom of the 1 o'clock hour.
Freshman cornerback Sergio Gilliam injured his ankle during the Tigers' first practice in the Georgia Dome earlier today.
"I landed on it wrong and twisted it," Gilliam said leaving the locker room. Sports Information Director Tim Bourret said that the Greer native is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against Tennessee.
If Gilliam is unable to go, senior Toure Francis will serve as the back up to both Tye Hill and Justin Miller.
No Problems with the Turf
Kicker Jad Dean said that the turf in the Georgia Dome was a little easier to kick off of compared to the practice fields at Georgia Tech.
"It doesn't grab your foot as much. I didn't have any problems, and I don't think Aaron did either," said Dean.
For the record, Hunt appeared to nail all of his field goals of the artificial surface during the special teams part of practice.
"You can go out there and stick your finger in it, and it's just like soft dirt," said Tommy Bowden after practice. "It should be a good track for skill. I didn't see a lot of our players slipping or anything."
Looking Better Today
"We practiced better today offensively, then we did yesterday," said Bowden. "But again, that's kind of the mode of operation with this team. We haven't really had back to back bad practices with this team this year at any point."
When asked if the team was where it needed to be at this point in their preparations for Tennessee, Bowden said that, "we are pretty close."
One of Bowden's favorite lines this week has been that Tennessee usually signs 5 to 6 Parade All-Americans every year, where the Tigers haven't had one in over 15 years.
He continued with that statement today, repeating it at the morning press conference. "There's no doubt we are going to have to play better than Tennessee to win this game," added Bowden. "They're talent level, their skill level, and the state of their program, they can afford to make some more mistakes than we can."
Both Ways for Tye Hill?
One of the Tigers' starting cornerbacks, Tye Hill, said that the possibility still exists of him playing running back at some point in the future.
"I was told that I could get another look when I made the switch. There's the possibility that I could play both ways or something like. I like to have the ball in my hands."
Hill was moved to cornerback last spring. Stay tuned for a complete Q&A session with Tye Hill later today, outlining the possibility of him playing on both sides of the ball.
"When" not "If"
Tommy Bowden said something today that he may have never said before as the head coach at Clemson. In answering a question from a reporter in this morning's press conference, Bowden said "when the Tigers win a championship," implying that Clemson will indeed win one under his tenure.
When asked about it later on, Bowden made it a point to say he was talking about "a championship," not necessarily "the championship." "The championship" was obviously referring to the National Title.
The Next 24 Hours
The team will practice again tomorrow afternoon at the Georgia Dome from 2 to 4 o'clock. All practices are closed to the general public. Tomorrow's practice will be the last one before the Peach Bowl on Friday.
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