The Clemson Tigers returned to the practice fields earlier this afternoon around 3:15 for their final practice without pads.
Practice lasted approximately three hours under warm conditions.
Young Tackles Look Promising
Head coach Tommy Bowden said today after practice that both of his young freshman tackles are seeing reps with the second team this week.
"Barry is the right tackle, and Akeem is the left, and both are getting reps right now on the second team," said Bowden.
"We just don't have a guy that's 356 pounds and a guy that can move as fast as Robinson," added Bowden. "Both could possibly play. We'll play the best guys, if they happen to be the best, then they'll play."
Clemson will use 5 offensive tackles on a rotational basis this season.
With the first practice in pads tomorrow, Bowden said that most of his freshmen players remained focused, even if they aren't receiving a lot of snaps.
"They haven't gotten a whole lot of work because of the amount of lettermen we have coming back," said Bowden. "It's too early to make a fair evaluation on a lot of them."
Turf in Action
The Tigers practiced on the field turf for the first time this year earlier today.
"It handled good," said Bowden. "It's a little bit warmer, but it will really be helpful to us in bad weather. It will be a tremendous asset to us when it's raining."
Bowden said that reserve offensive tackle Brad Lee will likely seek a transfer to another school.
CUTigers.com first reported late yesterday evening that Lee was likely headed elsewhere.
"I want to do what's best for Brad. That's about all I'll comment on that," Bowden said.
The defense continues to force turnovers, as linebacker Anthony Waters and safety Brandon Nolen had interceptions during the skeleton
drill. It was the second time Nolen, a backup rover and converted running back, recorded an interception.
"The defense looked good, but it is tough to declare a winner when you are in shells," Bowden said. "You can tell about assignments and it appears we are doing a good job in that
Full Contact Tomorrow
The Tigers will practice for the first time in full pads tomorrow afternoon at 3:15 PM.
"We are going to have to do some hitting," said Bowden. "We've got some ends and talent there at the ends, and that's going to be how we get some of our young guys, our tackles, some work."
"We'll hit one-on-one tomorrow but it will be controlled, it won't be in high risk drills. We'll go live goal line, that will be about the highest risk."
Reggie Merriweather was another name that Bowden praised today...Duane Coleman and Yusef Kelly have also had three strong practices in a row...FS Roy Walker was at practice, but in shorts. Walker is expected to have surgery to repair a torn ACL on Friday... There were no new injuries reported.
Monday Practice Report
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