Five Thoughts On.... Spring Practice

Spring break comes at a good time this year considering the Tigers installing new schemes on both sides of the ball. <BR>

Early Break Best for the Team
Anyone else notice that the Tigers only practiced three times before the team hit the road for spring break?

With two new coordinators, two new schemes, and a new attitude in place with this team, it is probably best that the bulk of spring ball will be completed after spring break.

In all, the Tigers will practice 15 times this spring, and 12 of those sessions, including the Orange & White game, will be held after spring break.

With so much new information thrown at the team, it's probably in their best interest that Spring Break didn't occur right in the middle of spring practice.

Perfection is Now Expected
One common theme heard from many of the offensive players this spring has been "perfection." New offensive coordinator Rob Spence has demanded this from the leaders of the team early on, and his message appears to be sinking in.

In speaking with Chansi Stuckey and Charlie Whitehurst last week, both players indicated that Spence is a coach that leaves little to chance.

Spence himself admitted earlier this year, "the team should know exactly what I'm going to call during the game, because we'll have gone over it in practice time after time."

Maybe that means less looking over to the sidelines, and more action on the field this fall.

Good to Hear the Tight End is Back
Even though the Tigers may not have the most experience at tight end this year, it's good to hear that Bobby Williamson, Zach Green, or whoever else steps in at the position will likely get three times as many balls thrown his way next season as Ben Hall did last year.

It almost makes one wonder what Clemson fans will have to talk about this fall once this new trend of throwing to the tight end is actually displayed on the field.

At the very least, with Williamson moving back to offense, the Tigers have a proven weapon that can not only catch the ball, but can also sustain blocks.

Gaddis Finally has the Opportunity
The much anticipated career of C.J. Gaddis has yet to fully develop, but there's definitely a sense on the team that now is the time for him to step up.

And now, with his baseball career clearly on the back burner, it seems like he's in position to become a starter.

Gaddis is as physically gifted as any athlete on campus, and with a year of experience under his belt as a defensive back, he should be ready to step up in a big way this fall.

Offensive Line Will Continue to Improve
Go ahead and expect the offensive line to continue to improve this spring and on into the fall.

It's been talked about each and every offseason since Tommy Bowden's arrival, but this should be the year where the Tigers have enough bulk, enough quickness, and enough returning experience to consistently get the job done.

From Dustin Fry taking over at center to sophomore Barry Richardson handling things at left tackle, the Tigers have plenty of talent scattered throughout the two-deep depth chart.

Also remember that the Tigers will welcome back Brandon Pilgrim this year. Pilgrim, a prized recruit who signed out of Lilburn, Ga. in the 2003 class, redshirted last season after seeing significant time as a true freshman.

Pilgrim is currently listed as the second team left guard behind Chip Myrick.

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