Musical Chairs at QB?
South Carolina has used multiple quarterbacks this season, including Dondrial Pinkins, Syvelle Newton, Blake Mitchell, and Michael Rathe. Monday after practice, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said that his team's defensive scheme will not revolve around which signal caller is actually in the game.
"Their attack doesn't change that much," said Bowden after Monday evening's practice. "Syvelle is a thicker, running back type guy. Blake Mitchell, he couldn't play tailback. He could play wide out, but he couldn't play tailback. So you have to plan for a physical player, as opposed to a wide out type body."
Statistically speaking, Newton has passed and rushed for the most yardage. On the season, the former Marlboro County standout has completed 63-of-113 passes (55%) for 980 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also has 245 yards on the ground.
Dondrial Pinkins, the senior, has the higher completion percentage (63%), but has been hampered all season long by a rotator cuff injury.
Bowden added that Newton has the potential to be a quarterback that can run around you, or run over you."
"I remember during the recruiting process, he's thick. His legs are thick. My mental picture is that he's more of a physical guy," said Bowden.
Avoiding Another Georgia Tech
One of the genuine concerns for the Tigers right now is that another hangover could linger around after a tough loss, similar to what happened after the Georgia Tech game earlier in the year.
"We talked a little bit about Georgia Tech," said Bowden. "We've experienced that once and I hope we learn from it. There were a lot of emotions inside that locker room after the game Saturday. But I imagine that there is a lot of emotion in their (South Carolina) locker room. I imagine we both spent a lot of energy during the game and after the game."
Bowden said that "busted assignments, missed tackles, turnovers, and dropped balls" were some of the main signs that point to that hangover effect, and that no significant adjustments have been made to the practice schedule to counter the problem this week.
Leroy Hill practiced Monday is expected to play Saturday, but he currently is wearing a cast on his finger..."How effective tackling he'll be, I don't know," said Bowden...Saturday's game in Death Valley will be the 102nd meeting between the Tigers and Gamecocks...Clemson holds the all-time advantage, 61-36-4...This is also the 96th consecutive year that Clemson and South Carolina have met on the gridiron, tying for the third longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football history.
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