Tigers Scrimmage Wednesday

CLEMSON – In his first full day of football practice in pads, Olu Babalola admittedly was very confused on how to play the defensive end position. But there were some positives with the former Clemson basketball player's performance Wednesday afternoon. <br>

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"It was fun, but I didn't want to do too much because I was nervous and I really didn't know what to do," the former basketball player said. "But I got hit and that was fun. The only frustrating thing is that I'm not too sure what to do defensively. … I like this game a lot, so I'm not too worried about it. …

"I got hit hard right in the middle of the chest and it hurt a little bit but I bounced up. I know people are going to looking for me. If I get hit hard, people are going to be looking at me to see how I react. But I'm fine with it."

Tigers coach Tommy Bowden was liked what limited action he saw from the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder at defensive end.

"He did pretty good," Bowden said. "He's very fundamentally raw, but again you just want to see if he's got a little explosion, little bit of aggressiveness and that he's not scared. He wasn't scared today and I thought that was a good sign."

Babalola said he didn't lay any hard hits on anyone and that he is waiting until he understands the defense a little better.

"I just want to chase the quarterback, but that's not what you're supposed to do," he said. "Sometimes I guess you've got to read where the ball is … and that's where my frustration was kicking in."

As of now, he is playing the newly created bandit position.

"Don't ask me what that is," he said. "I have no idea."

FIRST SCRIMMAGE
The Tigers held their first scrimmage of spring practice and senior quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said it was a long time in coming.

"Things are going pretty good," he said. "We actually got to scrimmage some today and it's fun to actually go at it for real."

Whitehurst said the offense made some critical mistakes, especially with penalties. He also said the timing of the routes is coming along nicely.

"When you can make your reads, you're more confident," he said. "So the more experience you can get the better."

Bowden said he was discouraged by the offensive mistakes. Whitehurst and backup quarterback Will Proctor combined to throw three interceptions. But Bowden added that there were some big plays on offense as well.

He also said rising sophomore wide receiver La'Donte Harris was the best in practice.

"He'll take (Curtis) Baham's or Chansi (Stuckey's) or Kelvin (Grant's) spot," Bowden said. "Kelvin Grant looked pretty good today."

Another area Bowden was down on was the kicking game. He said they were inconsistent in all phases.


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