Tigers Move Indoors Tuesday

A miserable day of weather sent the Clemson football team into the indoor track complex for a shortened practice Tuesday afternoon. But all was not lost.

"Obviously, it's not like being outside on a normal field," Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said. "But we got to get together and get in some work."

The weather is likely to cause havoc for the Tigers practice schedule at least one more day as they try to prepare for Saturday night's game against Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0 ACC), which is set for an 8 p.m. broadcast on ABC.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets got to have a normal practice despite the fact that much of Atlanta was without power due to the storm. Georgia Tech was scheduled to move off campus and practiced in the Georgia Dome.

Bowden, however, isn't all that worried.

"Most of the people in the East Coast are having some difficulties," he said.

Upon further review of the game film, one problem Bowden noticed with the rushing attack came from the offensive line, even though there were holes initially for tailback Yusef Kelly to run through.

"I'd say the problem was the finishing of the blocks," Bowden said. "It was the inability to sustain some blocks. The holes collapsed pretty quick."

Because of the holes closing rather fast, Bowden said redshirt junior Kyle Browning and redshirt sophomore Reggie Merriweather will see more time on the field. Bowden said those two are a quicker than Yusef, thus they might be able to get through the holes before the close.

Several coaches subscribe to the theory that a team's biggest improvement comes between the first and second game of the year.

Bowden's not necessarily one of those believers.

"In 20 years of coaching, I've seen it go both ways," he said. "I think players like (offensive tackle) Jesse Pickens and other players that don't much experience will improve. But it's going to be hard for someone like Chansi Stuckey to perform like that every week."

But the numbers are definitely in Bowden's favor. Dating back to his final season at Tulane, Bowden's teams have won six consecutive week two games. His only loss in its second game came during his first season at Tulane.

As of Tuesday night, there were no new injuries to report. Linebacker Anthony Waters, who played the entire second half against Wake Forest with a broken hand, will wear a club-like cast and will start.

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