Bowden Wants More Enthusiasm

The Tigers held their final practice before spring break Thursday evening. Head coach Tommy Bowden spoke with us afterwards, highlighting several players that stood out and his overall impressions of the first four practices.

The Clemson Tigers returned to the practice fields earlier this evening for the final time before spring break. The team practiced from 4 to around 7 o'clock, once again in brisk, windy conditions.

Tommy Bowden was pleased with the first four days of practice overall, but admitted that he would have liked to have seen more enthusiasm Thursday.

"There wasn't as much enthusiasm as you'd like, but I can understand why," said Bowden referencing the fact that this was the last practice before spring break. "Their mind was in the Bahamas."

The funny thing is, he wasn't joking about the Bahamas. Roman Fry and Will Proctor are two of least four players that we know of who are headed to islands during spring break.

2 Big Catches for Stuckey
Bowden said that even though the main focus of Thursday's practice was on the running game,Chansi Stuckey made the most noise with two long receptions during a situational scrimmage.

"Chansi Stuckey made two big plays that led to a score. He caught a 30-yarder and another 30-yarder," said Bowden. "He made two big catches, and that's what we got to have out him."

"That's what Derrick Hamilton did for us last year."

Kelly and Coleman Combination?
One of the most talked about topics concerning the team this spring has been at running back, where four players are competing for one spot on the first team.

Bowden said on Thursday that two names are starting to rise to the surface.

"Yusef has looked good," said Bowden. "He's looked good and Duane has looked good. They are probably the top two right now, then Reggie Merriweather and Brandon Nolen."

Kelly commented after practice that he feels as healthy as he's ever been.

Gaddis on the Field?
C.J. Gaddis made a big play scrambling out of the pocket this evening, but Bowden hinted that he won't rule out the possiblity of a position change down the line.

"We need to get him on the field," said Bowden. "But that's not something we will really think about until after spring practice. We may sit him down then and show him some different options then. Chansi I think is kind of excited about his move."

No injuries were reported this evening. The Tigers will return to the practice fields the Monday following spring break. Top Stories