Richardson Speaks Out
Tuesday afternoon at the McFadden Auditorium, freshman lineman Barry Richardson was in rare form, and it didn't take long for some of his comments to make their way into the mainstream media.
"They're defense is going to be really fired up after what Barry (Richardson said," Head Coach Tommy Bowden said after Wednesday afternoon's practice.
Richardson told a pack of reporters after watching film of the Canes' defense, "They're not as good as we thought they were. They may be a little overrated."
Later on, Richardson told CUTigers.com in a one-on-one interview, "I think they are vulnerable. They haven't been showing up the last three games and teams aren't taking them as serious as they used to. Teams are going in there and smacking them in the mouth. They don't care what the name of the team is.
"It gives us a lot of confidence," Richardson added.
Don't tell that to Tye Hill however.
"This is still the most talented team in the nation," said the junior cornerback told CUTigers.com. "They're just coming off a loss, so we know it's going to be tougher than it would have been before. No doubt."
Bowden said Wednesday that Duane Coleman, Chansi Stuckey, and Gaines Adams status for Saturday's game will all come down to how they look during pre-game warm ups.
"We will go to pre-game with Chansi, Gaines, and Coleman and let them go out there and hit at full speed for the first time," said Bowden. "They've just got to be hit."
When asked if Coleman progressed during Wednesday's practice, Bowden said yes, but also added that the practice was not full contact.
If Coleman can't go Saturday, both Yusef Kelly and Kyle Browning will be promoted the second team behind starter Reggie Merriweather.
If Gaines Adams can't go, a three-man rotation will be established at defensive end with Charles Bennett, Mo Fountain, and Bobby Williamson. Brandon Cannon could also see some spot duty.
"We'll probably just roll three," added Bowden. "But Brandon Cannon could go out there and play."
Sophomore placekicker Jad Dean continues to be a weapon for the Tigers this year. Saturday against N.C. State, the Greenwood native kicked all but two kickoffs into the endzone and he also drilled four field goals, making him a perfect 6-for-6 on the year.
According Dean however, the best is yet to come.
"I had a little wind at my back and I probably kicked it about 80 or 90 yards," he said of one his kickoffs against the Wolfpack. "If I kick it five yards back into the end zone, I want to know why it couldn't be 10. I've always go room for improvement."
Dean's ability to kick the ball into the endzone this week is of primary importance, especially with Miami's Devin Hester, one of the top return men in NCAA history, returning kicks.
Bowden said that he will not send any film from Saturday's 26-20 win over N.C. State to ACC Headquarters, even though there is tape of one of the Wolfpack players gouging at Reggie Merriweather's face...there was also another incident were a Wolfpack player spit in the facemask of Leroy Hill..."It's the emotion of the game and I'm sure we're not angels," Bowden said...A line of tents could be seen outside the ticket office in Death Valley as Clemson University students will receive their tickets to the South Carolina game early Thursday morning...One student said that they had been there since halftime of the N.C. State game last Saturday.
Barry Richardson Speaks Out
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