Aaron Kelly Shines

CLEMSON – At 6-foot-4, freshman Aaron Kelly is the tallest receiver on the Clemson roster. And height is definitely something the receiver corps missed last season. However, if Kelly continues to show out like he has the last week or so in practice, height will no longer be a problem for the Tigers. <br>

"Aaron Kelly probably had his best day since he's been here," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said. "He's had about four or five really good days. He's been yelled at all spring. But he's really jumped on the radar and if he continues to make progress like he did, then he's going to be able to help us sooner than we expected."

What has impressed the coaching staff the most about Kelly is what he does after catching a pass.

"To be honest with you, running after the ball," Bowden said. "He doesn't look like he's very strong because his body is so tall and lean. He's really running really good with the ball after making the catch and making guys miss. That's probably been the most impressive thing. When I watched him in high school, he was pretty electric, but you seem him physically and he doesn't look like it.

"He's a guy that if he continues to do that when he comes back and has a good summer of working out and if continues to do that when he comes back, he's going to have to be on the field and battle for one of those (three starting) spots."

Another freshman receiver that continues to do well is La'Donte Harris.

"La'Donte (and Kelly), those two guys look like they might be able to take one of those three (starting) positions."

Even though placekicker Jad Dean has struggled much of the spring, Bowden's biggest concern is with the punting game.

"If Jad were to falter in August, I have a lot of confidence in Stephen Furr," Bowden said. "(Furr) has probably kicked a little bit better to be honest with you. He is a pretty tough guy. I feel more comfortable with Stephen Furr...if something were to happen.

"I wish I had a second-team punter. We might find one this spring. There might be one coming in."

Even with the new offensive and defensive schemes put in, Bowden feels the spring has gone about as well as could be expected.

"I think we got as much accomplished as we could," he said. "I think it has been a pretty good spring. …"

"The biggest thing is we haven't had a lot of injuries. I talked to my father (Florida State coach Bobby Bowden) and his No. 1 center went down, his No. 2 center went down, his No. 3 center went down and his No. 4 center went down. That stuff just ruins your whole spring.

Dorell Scott will not play Saturday due to a sprained ankle sustained Monday. Also, Bowden said no one from the team has been suspended and that Nick Watkins will play. … Bowden cited the play of Anthony Waters Wednesday. He also said Micheal Hamlin continues to practice well. …

In a good news/bad news note, the offense went 0-for-8 in trying to score from the goal line. The good news is the defense stepped up and played well, while the bad news is the offense continues to struggle from in close.

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