Despite an extremely hot day, the Clemson Tigers held a regular practice that started during the hottest part of Thursday. Practice came to a merciful end for the players at 6:30 p.m.
"It was the hottest day and the most humid day," head coach Tommy Bowden said. "There were no clouds, no shade, it was 120 (degrees) on the turf and 90 off. …If could practice out there today, you could step forward."
The only player affected by the heat was new defensive end Bobby Williamson, who was moved from tight end on Wednesday, with leg cramps. He was carted back to the locker room before the end of practice.
Bowden was very happy with the announcement made by ACC commissioner John Swofford Thursday that the ACC will hold its football championship game in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2005 and 2006.
Jacksonville, site of the Gator Bowl, beat out Charlotte for the right to hold the game.
"There is some concern because there is some rain there that time of year, but I'd much rather have warm rain than cold rain," Bowden said. "They've got a good football stadium and it's a good football town and I think the commissioner did a good job in his selection."
Bowden announced that three walk-ons – junior linebacker Lionel Richardson, senior offensive lineman Jesse Pickens and junior offensive lineman Cole Downer – have been given scholarships.
Richardson is a second-team player, while Pickens is working some with the first team at tackle and Downer is a second-team guard.
"When all of a sudden a couple of things come open, you try to reward the guys that have paid the price for the university," Bowden said.
Redshirt for Buchholz
Walk-on placekicker and full-time soccer player Mark Buchholz said he spoke with Bowden Thursday afternoon and that he would likely redshirt this season so that he could devote his fifth season to nothing but football.
Buchholz, who is at Clemson on a soccer scholarship, said the only way he won'tt redshirt is if Jad Dean, who kickoffs and has the slight edge for the starting placekicker job over Stephen Furr, gets hurt.
Bowden said he's not sure what's going to happen.
Another injury reared its ugly head Thursday as starting offensive guard Cedric Johnson sustained a bruised knee. … Bowden said Roman Fry, who was moved from offensive tackle to guard has been impressive and that he could compete with Johnson for the starting spot. … Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was named as one of the "40 Players to Watch" list for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award. … Linebacker Leroy Hill was named as one of 65 preseason candidates for the Butkus Award, which is awarded to the nation's top linebacker. … The Tigers will have a normal practice Friday before having another scrimmage Saturday.
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