Tigers Take the Field

The Tigers started spring practice today in chilly coniditions in Clemson.

Anything but Spring-like
The Clemson football team held its first spring practice of 2005 earlier today in chilly conditions. Head coach Tommy Bowden, along with new offensive coordinator Rob Spence, and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, directed a three-hour session that was completed in cold conditions.

Temperatures dropped into the lower 50's, but the wind was gusting over 30 mph.

"The wind really didn't limit anything we did out there," Bowden said after practice. "But it was significant. You can teach a lot. It's not the best conditions for throwing and catching."

New Coordinators Bring New Style
With two new coordinators in the fold, there were obvious changes to the Tigers' practice routine. New drills, new ideas, and a new way of doing things was a common theme during Friday's practice session.

"Coach Spence just likes perfection," said Chansi Stuckey. "He's going to get the ball all over the place. It's going to take time, but he believes in what he's doing, and so do we."

Bowden added that, overall, his new assistant coaches are doing a good job of implementing their new schemes, even if it's just through the first day.

"Ever since signing day, we've had five weeks to get something done to get out here and practice. I think we got a lot accomplished today with putting in two new schemes. It was pretty intense. We were out here a long time and got a lot done."

"I'm anxious to hear what Vic and Rob think when we go in there and talk," added Bowden.

Still Hands Off?
Much has been made this offseason about Bowden relinquishing control of the Tigers' offense. For the first time since current West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez was the offensive coordinator, Bowden is allowing his another coach to run the show- the newly hired Rob Spence.

How did things go for Bowden through the first day?

"I did pretty much what I always do," said Bowden. "I really didn't do anything abnormal that I hadn't done for the last seven years. I made some comments here and there and just observe and take notes down for the staff that we'll go over. That's traditionally what I do."

Parting Shots
The Tigers will return to practice again tomorrow morning at 10 AM...Michael Hamlin, Tavaughn Monts, and Jamaal Fudge all had interceptions today...Bowden said that Roy Walker, who wore a green jersey, looked good after returning from his knee injury. "Roy looked good and he had the knee brace on and that affected him a little," said Bowden...the Tigers will practice twice next week (Monday and Thursday)...No one was injured today....The Tigers will practice in pads for the first time on Monday.

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