Tuesday Afternoon Scrimmage Report

The Clemson Tigers went through their second scrimmage of fall practice earlier today, and CUTigers.com has the latest on went down, live from Clemson University.

Charlie Whitehurst Comments | Chansi Stuckey Comments | Proctor Gaining Confidence | Tommy Bowden Audio

Focus on the Running Game
The first two scrimmages have seen an increased focus on the ground game according to head coach Tommy Bowden.

Today, Reggie Merriweather led all running backs with 14 carries for 70 yards. Chansi Stuckey also had a 3 carries for 42 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown on an end-around play. Yusef Kelly finished the day with 9 rushes for 30 yards

"I've got a list of plays here that we need to go through," said Bowden of the emphasis on the ground game. "And most of them aren't necessarily advantageous to the down and distance."

Bowden said that Merriweather and Kelly are still neck-and-neck, but not to forget about Kyle Browning.

"He brings a different dimension to our our offense," said Bowden of Browning.

Improved Kicking Game?
Jad Dean and Stephen Furr had productive outings today, as both players finished 3-for-5 at the end of practice. Tommy Bowden said however that he still expects to see more production out of his starting placekicker.

"That's a competitive battle going on, Dean may have been a little bit ahead of Furr before today," said Bowden. "But now neither one of them were as impressive as the other day."

Dean connected on field goals of 46, 47, and 34 yards while Furr connected on 46, 34, and 52. Both players missed attempts from 26 yards.

Bowden added that both of his punters looked better today. (Cole Chason and Chris Wicksell)

Offense Also Improving
The defense dominated Saturday's scrimmage and also played well today, however the offense appears to be steadily improving in the eyes of the coaching staff.

"The defense is still doing pretty good and they still have the upperhand, but we are making some progress (on offense). That's what you like to see at this point," said Bowden.

"I think the second time the one's got the ball they took it right down the field and scored," said Bowden.

Musical Chairs on the Offensive Line
A whole host of position changes are in the works on the offensive line, where several players being moved around this week.

For starters, LT Roman Fry has also been playing right guard. Jesse Pickens has also been playing left tackle, as he is being viewed as the better pass blocker than Fry.

"Marion Dukes- it looks like he's kind of nailing down that right tackle spot," said Bowden. "Tim DeBeer has been very steady guy and looks like he can give us some plays in a back up role.

"We are starting to get a better feel about them, but I'm glad we've got some more work to praticing," added Bowden.

Parting Shots
Anthony Waters made a spectacular diving interception today...Jamaal Fudge also recorded an interception...Reserve offensive lineman Brandon Pilgrim suffered a strained groin and receiver Chris Jefferson a dislocated finger. Tye Hill suffered a turf toe, but it is not serious. Ryan Charpia, a reserve receiver and the first-team holder, suffered a sprained foot. Chris McDuffie continued to miss practice with a thigh bruise, as did Chip Myrick (mononucleosis), Duane Coleman (broken foot), Michael Collins (leg injury) and Vontrell Jamison (broken arm).

Scrimmage Stats
Passing
Will Proctor 12-of-19 123 yards, 1 INT
Charlie Whitehurst 6-of-15, 89 yards, 2 INT

Rushing
Reggie Merriweather 14-70
Yusef Kelly 9-30
Kyle Browning 8-34
Chansi Stuckey 3-42

Tackles
Charles Bennett 7, Trey Tate 6, Tramaine Billie 6, David Dunham 6, Anthony Waters 4 (1 INT)

Receiving
Stuckey 2-49
Grant 3-19
Jefferson 2-53

The Tigers will return to the practice fields tomorrow afternoon for practice. All practices are closed to the general public.

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