The Tigers hit the practice fields earlier this morning at 9:15 AM in full pads, and also this evening around 5:00 PM in shorts and shoulder pads.
When asked if he felt like his team had been physical enough through the early stages of fall practice, head coach Tommy Bowden said so far, so good.
"I've been pleased. The last day and half the defense has gotten the best of the offense in the drills," said Bowden. "I've been pretty pleased with that, but it's not to the dominating stage. I'm hoping it gets to that stage, but you'd like it to be a little more consistent.
"We've got to be more consistent. Just the other day in goal line we were the exact opposite."
Strong Freshmen Class?
Bowden has been very pleased with the play of his incoming freshmen, naming as many as eight players after practice that have performed well this week.
"I've real impressed with this group we've brought in," said Bowden.
"The two tackles are getting a lot of attention, Mike Hamlin, La'Donte Harris, Aaron Kelly, both quarterbacks have looked good, Chris Clemons at cornerback, Adrian Kindred at safety, and Rashaad Jackson."
Bowden later mentioned CB Brandon Croley and DT Dorrel Scott as two players that have caught his eye.
McDuffie Stepping Up
When asked who the top two defensive tackles were so far during fall practice, Bowden named senior Eric Coleman and a new name, Chris McDuffie.
"Right now the top two are Eric Coleman, who has done a great job with leadership and been and steady performer, and the next guy that might jump out at you is Chris McDuffie," said Bowden.
"He's shown a real good intensity. He's a bigger guy and kind of heavy, but he's shown some spurts, and the explosion it takes to get off a block. 'Shock and shed' as they say."
McDuffie's status for the season opener against Wake Forest is currently unknown. The punishment for the charges brought against him earlier this summer will be announced at a later date.
Vontrell Jamison is out of the hospital after surgery today on his left arm...Roy Walker will remain in the hospital through the weekend after surgery on his ACL...both surgeries were reported successful...Bowden will visit Walker this weekend...Chansi Stuckey has a hip injury that limited his practice today but is expected to participate in the scrimmage tomorrow...Bowden said that he will be looking at Will Proctor, Anthony Waters, his young receivers, C.J. Gaddis, and his kickers tomorrow...Reserve lineman Brad Lee will likely attend school this sememster at Clemson but will not play football this year and transfer in January.
The Tigers will hold their first official scrimmage in preparation for the 2004 regular season Saturday morning around 11 o'clock. The scrimmage (weather permitting) will be held at Memorial Stadium and will be closed the general public.
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