Monday Evening Practice Report

The Clemson Tigers returned to the practice fields earlier today for their last day of two-a-day practices. As always, CUTigers.com has the latest, live from Clemson University.

The Tigers returned to the practice fields today for the last day of two-a-day practices. The first practice ran from 9:15 AM to 11:45 in full pads, while the second practice ran from 5:00 PM to 7:30 in shorts and shoulder pads.

Injury Update
Reserve OL Chris Capote, who was carted off the field from Saturday's scrimmage, has a sprained ankle and will continue to be evaluated this week. His injury is not believe to be as serious as first reported.

Meanwhile, Justin Miller returned to practice today after missing Saturday's scrimmage. Also, OL Chip Myrick and DL Chris McDuffie didn't go through full workouts today. Myrick continues to be watched closely with mono and McDuffie has a groin injury that is not believed to be serious.

Head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice today that Myrick's status will be watched closely over the course of the next week.

"We need to get him back or else he'll be in danger of possibly missing the first game," said Bowden. "He's probably not going to practice this week."

Offense Improves Monday
After a disappointing scrimmage on Saturday, the offense as a whole made strides during today's two-a-day workouts.

"Offensively, we hit some big plays," said Bowden. "The way we do things offensively, it's high risk, high reward. We got those plays today, now we need to see if we can do more of those consistently."

Bowden said that La'Donte Harris, Curtis Baham, and Chansi Stuckey all made big plays today in the passing game.

Gaddis Watch
Redshirt freshman C.J. Gaddis continues to see his stock rise in the eyes of the coaching staff.

"After going back and looking at the film he played well with the first team," said Bowden of Saturday's scrimmage. "He played pretty good. Those three corners (Justin Miller, Tye Hill, Gaddis) are doing pretty good right now.

Gaddis received a majority of his snaps with the first team Saturday because of Justin Miller's ankle injury.

Parting Shots
Tye Hill had two interceptions today...Bowden said that with students now being on campus he talked to the team about distractions and behavior...Bowden said that the two freshmen most likely to avoid a redshirt right now are his two young tackles...Akeem Robinson and Barry Richardson...Bowden also said that one defensive tackle would probably play this year between Rashaad Jackson and Dorrel Scott...Former Tiger Chad Jasmin was in attendance for today's second practice...Todd McClinton has also been a regular on the practice fields as he finishes his last semester of school at Clemson.

The Tigers will hold their second scrimmage in preparation for the 2004 season tomorrow morning. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the general public.

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