Monday Practice Report

CLEMSON – In the first day of practice in full pads on Monday, Clemson football player Bobby Williamson found the physical aspect of it to be like any other practice. However, the mental part took some getting use to. <br>

Williamson spent his first day at tight end in full gear for the first time in two seasons after having spent all of last year as a defensive end, and the running of the actual plays was no big deal.

"The good thing about it is we've got a whole new offense," he said. "I feel like everybody starting at the same point, so I don't feel like I'm behind anybody."

The difficult part of the practice came in having to readjust his mental approach from that as a defensive end to that as an offensive weapon.

"I'd say it's 100 percent different," Williamson, a senior, said. "At tight end, you have to harness your emotions. At defensive end, it's attack, attack, attack. You have to change your whole mindset."

Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice that Williamson had a nice catch for big yards, but also tweaked his knee a bit. But Williamson walked off the field without any problems.

PLAY CALLING
Clemson senior quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said even though he and his teammates are still a little tentative with the new offense, it's coming along right on pace.

"I think you're judging enthusiasm," he said. "Are guys willing to learn? I think they are. I think the guys are anxious to learn the new system."

There have been some miscues, but Whitehurst said as of now, there's nothing to be concerned about.

"There's a confident level," he said. "We're trying to get entirely comfortable with it and with them making plays. …

"There is some second guessing when you're not sure what you're trying to do. Hopefully by the spring game, you won't be thinking about what this receiver is supposed to do and that it will just come naturally."

EXTRA POINTS
In the first true day of hitting, Bowden said the defense was ahead of the offense, especially in stopping the running game. But he added that's not a surprise. … Bowden said running back Duane Coleman had a good day running the ball. … Sergio Gilliam is locked in as the starting cornerback opposite Tye Hill. … Defensive back Roy Walker wore a green jersey in practice and is close to being fully healthy. … The team will have "tackle-to-ground" practice Thursday.

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