The Clemson Tigers went through their first two-a-day practice of the 2004 season today, practicing once in the morning, and once in the late afternoon.
The first practice was in full pads, while the second practice was completed in shorts and shoulder pads.
Merriweather, Kelly Up for the Challenge
Running backs Reggie Merriweather and Yusef Kelly appear to be up to the challenge at hand after learning of the loss of starter Duane Coleman for 6-to-8 weeks.
"With him being out, that's just a lot more reps on us right now, but we feel like that's how it would have been in game situations a lot of times anyway," said Merriweather. "We are just ready to get after it."
Even though one of Coleman's greatest skills was his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, the offense won't undergo a transformation with a new back behind Charlie Whitehurst.
"Not at all," said Merriweather. "We've got hands too. Duane was good at that, and we may not get as many passes but we are just as good in between the tackles and outside."
"We've both been in this situation back when Bernard went down, so we pretty much know what we've got to do," added Kelly. "We'll go out there and try to do that."
Vontrell Back in Action?
CUTigers.com first reported earlier today that defensive end Vontrell Jamison is expected to have a rod inserted in his arm on Friday after suffering a broken arm yesterday.
"They are going to do it on Friday," said Jamison. "They'll put a little cast on it for the first couple of games, but I should be alright."
Jamison actually gave a 5 minute interview after practice yesterday before discovering he had broken his left arm.
Star Performers Today
"Justin Miller has really done well along with Tye Hill. Those two guys have really looked impressive the last few days," said head coach Tommy Bowden.
"Our young receivers, Donte Harris and Aaron Kelly, I'd like to redshirt them but they are really jumping out and doing some things. They might beat some of those upperclassmen out."
Bowden also said that LeRoy Hill and Eric Coleman had been playing "consistently well."
Bowden said that he hopes the defense dominates the first official scrimmage of the 2004 season tomorrow.
"That's what you'd like to see," said Bowden. "You'd like to see your defense dominate in every phase of the game. At the same time you'd also like to see some of your skill guys get some big plays."
Offensive lineman Chip Myrick is being held out of practice due to a case of mononucleosis....The Tigers will scrimmage tomorrow for their only practice of the day...Yusef Kelly, Maurice Fountain, Gerald McCloud and Charles Bennett were three other players mentioned by Bowden that are playing well...Walk on kicker Mark Buchholz* will now split time with soccer and football. Bowden joked after practice that he didn't want Mark coming back after soccer practice "eating quiche, croissants, and drinking hot tea with his little finger up."
The Tigers will have just one practice tomorrow before going back to two-a-days on Friday. Practices are closed to the general public.
* Buchholz is attempting to join Obed Ariri (1977-80) and Donald Igwebuike (1981-84) as Clemson athletes who played soccer and football during the same season. Buchholz is a freshman from Alpharetta, GA who graduated from Chattahoochee High School, the same high school that sent Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to Clemson. (courtesy Clemson Sports Information)
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