New Names Headline First Day in Pads

The Clemson Tigers practiced earlier today in full pads for the first time this spring. Several players stood out to Tommy Bowden, and some of the new names mentioned just might surprise you.

The Clemson Tigers hit the practice fields for the first time in full pads earlier this afternoon. Practice started around 2:30 and ended around 5:00.

New Names Impress
Head coach Tommy Bowden talked briefly after practice, commenting on several players that impressed him the most.

"Chris McDuffie looked pretty good. Gaines Adams looked pretty good. Will Proctor looked pretty good today. Cole Chason punted kind of good for us today," said Bowden. "Geoff Rigsby has done a good job for us snapping too."

"The main thing is that you just want to see guys go full speed. You want to see them go hard on the first day."

Tommy Bowden said Wednesday that Chansi Stuckey has yet to take a big hit during practice.
Stuckey Avoids the Big Hit
Today was also the first practice that several players had to complete their adjustment to new positions.

One of those players was Chansi Stuckey, who made the move from quarterback to wide receiver this offseason.

Stuckey has been the talk of spring camp, but a lot of people are wondering how he'll do after taking his first hit across the middle.

When asked if the converted quarterback took in any shots during his first practice in full pads, Bowden responded, "No, he didn't. He'll be alright though because he made some big catches today."

Multiple Kickers Doing Well
Bowden added that Stephen Furr looked the most impressive out of the placekickers, but not to count out any of the other guys competing for the job either.

"Today was the first day with a rush. Cole's got a chance, he's really got a chance," said Bowden. "Cole only had one shot and he made it, then Stephen made both of his and Dean made both of his. They all made 'em, but they will start to separate themselves pretty soon when we start scrimmaging in the stadium."

Bowden also said that there were no injuries this afternoon. The Tigers return to the practice fields Friday for their last practice before spring break. Top Stories