Tuesday's Practice Notes

On this dreary and wet election day, the Clemson football team held practice under the lights, but one of the top two running backs injured himself and was relegated to non-contact drills.

Tailback Duane Coleman was in the midst of a pile and somebody rolled up the back of his knee and twisting it slightly.

He is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Miami. However, he told CUTigers.com that he was fine and expects to play. But he did limp has he walked out of the locker room.

Two other players are listed as questionable for this week in defensive end Gaines Adams (knee) and wide receiver Chansi Stuckey (ankle).

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said junior Chip Myrick continues to improve and that he may start at right guard ahead of sophomore Nathan Bennett.

"He's improved gradually from that mono he had and he's gotten better and getting his strength back and he's played really good the last two or three games," Bowden said. "He deserves to play. … Him and Nathan Bennett, we'll probably make our mind up toward the end of the week."

Starting tailback Reggie Merriweather said after watching North Carolina rush for nearly 300 yards against Miami last week, that there's every reason to believe the Tigers can do the same.

"Most definitely," he told CUTigers.com. "A lot of teams have had a lot of success in the running game against Miami and we're going to try and do the same. We're working hard and put in a couple of new running plays. We're looking to get after them."

While he wouldn't go into specifics, Merriweather hint around at some of the new plays.

"We're trying to do a little bit of both – power and speed, with Duane on the outside and me on the inside and a combination of things," he said. "It's just not one thing we're trying to go after."

It came as no real surprise when Bowden responded to a question on whether he voted for George W. Bush or John Kerry in the presidential election.

"Who do you think?" he said with a laugh. "I'm a Christian Conservative. I did not leave my faith at the ballot box."

Forward Olu Babalola told CUTigers.com that while his ankle is still sore, he did practice on it for the first time Tuesday.

"It gave me a lot of problems in the first practice today and I couldn't do too much," he said. "But I just finished with the second practice and it went a lot better. I'm going to get some treatment tonight and hopefully it'll keep getting better."

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