The Tigers returned to the practice fields today around 3:15 PM and practiced for a little over two hours in warm conditions this afternoon.
Freshman defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson suffered a broken foot during yesterday's scrimmage and will redshirt the 2004 season.
Jackson and fellow freshman Dorrel Scott were both being considered for playing time this year, but with Jackson now out of the equation, the emphasis will turn to Scott.
"We need a body in there," said head coach Tommy Bowden after practice. "Because Rashaad's removed from the equation. He's (Dorrel Scott) the last man standing right now."
The complete injury list on Wednesday included: Tye Hill (turf toe), Ryan Charpia (sprained foot), Brandon Pilgrim (pulled groin), Chip Myrick (mononucleosis), Vontrell Jamison (broken arm), Kevin Burnette (recovering from spring surgery for torn ACL), Kwam Williams (sprained ankle), Mo Fountain (bruised knee), Christian Capote (sprained ankle), Michael Collins (leg), Rashaad Jackson (broken foot), Duane Coleman (broken foot), Roy Walker (torn ACL), Gene Pate (recovering from broken leg).
Big Position Switch
Tight end Bobby Williamson moved over to the defensive side of the ball today. Williamson will now line up at defensive end behind Charles Bennett.
"He's one of those tough guys," said defensive coordinator John Lovett. "He's not afraid to hit, he's physical, and that's one of the reasons we like him on defense."
Tommy Bowden said that a number of factors contributed to Williamson's move.
"He's a pretty good player that wasn't getting in much, and we felt like it might be the opportunity to get him on the field," said Bowden.
Bowden also added that Ben Hall's development was a big factor in the decision to move Williamson.
The move appears to be working at least initially, as Williamson recorded a sack this afternoon in his first action on defense.
Defensive End Depth Chart
Bobby Williamson will play behind Charles Bennett at defensive end while Maurice Fountain and Gaines Adams will patrol the other side on the first and second team respectively.
Meanwhile Vontrell Jamison, who has practiced at both defensive end and tackle, is recovering ahead of schedule according Lovett.
"He's out there moving around, it's just a matter of when can he put his hand on the ground? They say next week he'll be able to straighten out his arm," said Lovett.
"If we can get him sometime next week I'll feel terrific about it, but if we can get him game week I'll feel fine, because he knows what he's doing."
Kwam Williams and Brandon Cannon are the third team defensive ends.
Jad Dean and Stephen Furr continue to be even at placekicker...14 players were on the injured list today so the Tigers practiced in shells...most of the injuries are considered "nagging" with the exception of Jackson, Coleman, Walker, and Collins...Eric Coleman, LeRoy Hill, Travis Pugh, and Jamaal Fudge were all praised by Bowden for not taking any days off and having a good attidude through the early stages of preseason camp...Williamson will still practice with the offense in goal line and short yardage situations.
Clemson will continue practice tomorrow afternoon in preparation for the September 4th season opener against Wake Forest. All practices are closed to the general public.
Wednesday Evening Practice Report
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