Tigers Prepare for Scrimmage

CLEMSON – As the Clemson football team gets ready for its second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, the offense got the better of the defense in practice on Friday. <br>

"We had a few more big plays offensively than normal," Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said. "We were looking for leadership today on defense and for the first time nobody stepped up."

One big play in practice came from freshman wide receiver Aaron Kelly, who caught a 25-yard corner route pass by diving for it with the defender draped all over him.

"(He) made the best catch maybe of anybody this spring of anybody," Bowden said. "But he hasn't done it very much. I've told him if he can ever get his motor running all the time … he's a true freshman and he doesn't know the intensity of the game from play to play."

Bowden said the team will have a long scrimmage Saturday, and that every player might participate.

The question marks are guard Chip Myrick, who has a sprained ankle and hasn't practiced all week, and wide receiver Curtis Baham, who also has a sprained ankle and has missed the last couple of practices.

Roman Fry will likely start at left guard in Myrick's spot, but Brandon Pilgrim could also get the nod.

Bowden added that Fry will be designated either a center or guard once the spring is over, but not both.

Akeem Robinson practiced at tight end Friday and will get playing time there Saturday, while Zach Green moved from tight end to tackle.

Basketball player turned football hopeful Olu Babalola practiced again Friday, but saw no significant action due to a tender right ankle.

"Hopefully he can go Monday," Bowden said. "I need to get him on the Jugs (throwing machine) to see if he can catch. We'll try to let him do some stuff Monday if his ankle is better."

Close to 300 high school football coaches were in attendance at Friday's practice and will be on hand for the scrimmage Saturday for the annual spring coaches clinic.

Also at practice Friday was incoming running back and Clemson's top signee James Davis. Former Tigers center Tommy Sharpe also took in the action.

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