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CLEMSON – Once again, Kelvin Grant has hit a stumbling block in his quest to be consistent and capture success on the football field. However, this time, there was little he could do to prevent it.

Grant sustained what was believed to be a slight injury to his shoulder while making a diving touchdown catch in Saturday's scrimmage. But after more examinations, it was learned that the enigmatic junior had separated it, which has caused him to be listed as doubtful for the season opener against Texas A&M.

The shame of it all is that the oft-troubled Grant was having the best August of his career.

"Kelvin had a great spring and a great camp and had an excellent scrimmage until he got hurt," receivers coach Dabo Swinney said. "Anytime you lose a guy that's making a lot of plays for you, it hurts. Fortunately we've got some other good players and it's an opportunity for some of these other guys to fill the role."

While it's not a done deal, it appears that freshman Rendrick Taylor will move into Grant's spot behind starting redshirt freshman Aaron Kelly.

"Aaron was the starter, it just weakens us a little bit from a depth standpoint and the competition that we had going there was really, really good," Swinney said. "We'll probably move Rendrick over there. Rendrick has been playing our ‘Z' and ‘W' spot for the first week of camp or so, and we'll probably move him over there to ‘X' with Aaron."

Taylor had been the backup to La'Donte Harris at the ‘W' receiver position and to Curtis Baham at the ‘Z' position.

"It will actually be good for Rendrick because he has not worked at X yet, so we'll get him some work and get him ready there," Swinney said. "If Kelvin can play, great. But he's going to have to be able to practice. If he can't get back in time for the A&M game, we'll have these guys ready to roll."

Until his shoulder is truly healthy, Grant will continue to do conditioning drills to stay in shape so he's ready to go when the time comes.

A shift at tight end
The most surprising thing coming out of Monday's practice was the movement of Cole Downer supplanting Bobby Williamson as the top tight end.

When asked why, Tigers coach Tommy Bowden had a very analytical breakdown of the reasoning.

"Catching and blocking," he said.

2006 schedule
Even though the release of next year's football schedule is out, Bowden said he hasn't really looked at it.

"It's the furthest thing from my mind," he said. "I haven't thought about next year's schedule. I'll get back to you in January."

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