Spring Practice Winding Down

The Clemson Tigers went through their last spring practice before the Orange & White game this weekend in Death Valley. Head coach Tommy Bowden addressed the media afterwards noting several things he'll be looking for from his team on Saturday.

Healthy Spring Practice Overall
The Tigers practiced Wednesday afternoon for the final time before Saturday's Orange & White game and head coach Tommy Bowden said that the Tigers ended spring relatively healthy.

"We were able to get a lot of work in this spring because we remained healthy for the most part," said Bowden. "That was important."

"We aren't where I'd like to be right now. I'm pleased with the work we've got done, but I'd like for us to be a little futher along defensively," added Bowden.

There were only several minor injuries to report through the first 14 practices, but no one who has practiced this spring is expected to miss Saturday.

Goal Line Situations Still Concerning
Bowden said Wednesday that his defense struggled again during goal line situations.

"That's still a concern," said Bowden. "We didn't do well in that area. The offense continues to have the advantage so that's something that we are still looking at. They were a little too productive in the red zone today."

Bowden added that he's not overly concerned by the lack of success of his defense in goal line situations.

Position Changes Going Well
Several players changed positions this spring, and for the most part, Tommy Bowden said that those players would stay at their new positions.

Gerald McCloud moved to wide receiver from rover, Chansi Stuckey moved to wide receiver from quarterback, Steven Jackson moved to linebacker from fullback, and C.J. Gaddis moved to corner from quarterback.

"I think they are all promising," said Bowden. "We'll sit down with C.J. but the other ones are pretty much locked in. "The best position for C.J. will be the one that gets him on the field," Bowden said.

Bowden added that the staff will review personnel on Monday.

Situational Scrimmage on Saturday
The annual Orange & White game on Saturday will be much like a situational scrimmage, with the offense starting on the 30-yard line.

There will be kickoffs, punts, and field goals, but they won't come against a live rush. Bowden also said that the team will likely go into goal line situations as well.

The annual Orange & White game will begin Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Admission is free of charge. You can also listen to a live play-by-play of the game featuring Scott Rhymer and Roy Philpott on 104.9 WCCP FM.

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