First Practice Report of 2004

The Clemson Tigers hit the practice fields today for the first time in preparation for the 2004 regular season. Here are all the news and notes from day one.

The Tigers hit the field around 3:25 in relatively warm conditions Friday afternoon. Practice lasted for roughly three hours.

Clearinghouse Issues
Freshmen OL Bobby Hutchinson and DL Rashaad Jackson are being held out of practice due to NCAA clearinghouse issues. Both players are expected to report soon, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

Head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice that he expects both players to be ready to go soon.

"They've got one little gliche in their paperwork. I'd say by Monday at the latest they should be able to practice. It's just one little minor issue," said Bowden.

Roy Walker Out
Redshirt freshman FS Roy Walker is likely out for the season after testing his knee today.

"He'll probably need surgery and he's going to be out for the year," said Bowden.

Walker redshirted last year but was highly thought of by the Clemson coaching staff entering this season. Walker's injury forced Tavaghn Monts back to a reserve role at free safety behind starter Travis Pugh.

Praise for Freshmen QBs
Tommy Bowden praised the play of his two freshman quarterbacks after their first practice today.

"The two young guys, Cullen and Tribble threw the ball well today, I thought," said Bowden. "I thought all of quarterbacks threw the ball well actually."

Bowden also praised the play of CB Tye Hill, who excelled during skeleton.

"He had two interceptions for us and looked good," said Bowden.

Position Changes
As a result of Roy Walker's injury, several position changes have already taken place this year:

CB Robert Reese has moved to WHIP linebacker, FS Tavaghn Monts has moved to Free Safety, and WHIP LB Tramaine Billie moves to Rover. RB Brandon Nolen has also moved to Rover.

Parting Shots
Bowden also added that he would have liked better production today from his skill position players.

"I would have liked to see them be a little more consistent," said Bowden. "Our skill guys need to step up and I don't think they did that today."

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