Tuesday Practice Report

CUTigers.com has the latest from today's practice, live from Clemson University.

Tougher, But Shorter
Tuesday's practice was focused on strengthening some of several problem areas that have plagued the team through the early stages of the season, and was tougher than normal according to head coach Tommy Bowden.

"It went real good," said Bowden afterwards. "We kind of started with an inside drill, which is tackle to tackle. But again, it shows you how contagious that is, because it carried over to skeleton and to team pass. If just one guy will show a little emotion and enthusiasm it does catch and spread, and it did today."

Tuesday's practice was also a little shorter than normal as no players were held afterwards for extra conditioning.

"I made everybody come off. I told the coaches to meet with the players, and then that was it," added Bowden.

Look Out on the Line
Bowden said Tuesday his offensive line of the future holds much promise, especially with some of the younger players currently in the program.

"I feel really good about our young lineman from last year and this year, and the ones we have committed," said Bowden. "You are going to see a whole different breed of cat on our offensive line the next three or four years. We'll start looking like Texas A&M, Florida State, or Miami. We really will."

No Looking Back
While some will suggest that the Tigers will have a chance to beat FSU because of what happened last year, the players don't buy it.

"We beat Georgia Tech last year, and we lost to them this year," said Tommy Sharpe.

"Wake Forest beat us last year, but we beat them this year. Last year was a whole different team, different leadership, and different players that made plays. If you focus on last year, you are going to get embarrassed. It's up to us now because the seniors last year stepped up to the challenge."

Parting Shots
Vontrell Jamison had successful surgery yesterday for his Achilles injury...Bowden said that a large focus of today's practice was also on forcing turnovers...Bobby Williamson has moved over to the opposite side of the line behind Charles Bennett...Offensive coordinator Mke O'Cain said today that Reggie Merriweather was probably the most productive running back on offense and could start on Saturday...No injuries were reported today...Yusef Kelly has been back at practice the last two days and will play Saturday against Florida State.

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