Tigers Need "A-Game" Saturday

The Clemson Tigers returned to the practice fields Wednesday afternoon to prepare for Saturday's game against the 11th ranked Florida State Seminoles. As always, CUTigers.com has the latest, live from Clemson University.<BR>

Momentum Continuing?
After a strong practice in full pads on Tuesday, the Tigers followed up Wednesday with another good day in shorts and shoulder pads.

"We had a pretty spirited practice," said head coach Tommy Bowden. "You have to be careful because you don't want to play the game on Wednesday. I think it's important that we show some kind of consistency in practice because you have bring your A-game on Saturday. If you bring your B-game, you're going to get beat.

"We had our B-game last Saturday."

Scary Depth at Florida State
According to Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles may be as good as they've ever been on the defensive side of the ball.

"He told me yesterday on the phone, that his second team was as good as his first," said Tommy Bowden. "I think he said he is the deepest he's ever been defensively. Ever. Since he's been there.

"Miami is a 10-win team, and it took them 59 minutes to score one touchdown."

Bowden also said that it looked like to him that the FSU defense had recaptured its chemistry of year's past. "I think they were missing some kind of chemistry or spark the last couple of years," Bowden added. "They've got it back now."

Special Teams
After Chansi Stuckey blocked a punt in the season opener against Wake Forest, Bowden said that his team has come close to doing the same thing the last two weeks, and that blocking punts continues to be a point of emphasis during practice.

"We should have had one against A&M," Bowden said. "C.J. Gaddis almost had it. We've got one and we've come close on two others. Should have had it. You got to finish the drill."

Bowden also said that he'll continue to use Chansi Stuckey returning punts, even though he's been pleased with the play of Justin Miller in that same role.

"I've got two good guys there," said Bowden.

Parting Shots
Other than Jad Dean replacing Stephen Furr in the line up, there won't be any significant changes in the line up this week, but several second team players will play more Saturday against Florida State according to Bowden...Duane Coleman is expected to see more time this week as he continues to get back into football shape after recovering from a broken foot...Bowden also said that an official starter at running back has yet to be determined.

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