The Tigers worked for three hours as they prepare for the season opener September 3 against Texas A&M.
The offense did not lose a turnover for the second straight
scrimmage. Tiger quarterbacks completed 33-48 passes for 338 yards
and two touchdowns. The ground game picked up 220 yards rushing
altogether on 51 attempts.
"There were positives on either side of the ball," said
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "We didn't lose a turnover for the
second straight scrimmage and that was a plus. We came close to a
couple of turnovers on defense and we obviously need to create
turnovers. We were last in the nation in turnover margin when we
were 1-4 last year so that is an area we are stressing on both sides
of the ball in practice.
"Defensively we have to get a better pass rush from our front
four linemen. We have to improve in that area. But, the tackling
was improved from what I saw last Saturday."
James Davis, who had missed the last two days of practice,
returned on Saturday and had 15 rushes for 69 yards, including a
28-yard touchdown. He led the scrimmage in rushing attempts and
rushing yards. "I was glad to be back. It felt great to be with the
team today. I missed the last two days for personal reasons. I look
forward to working hard in practice and contributing to this team."
Clemson's veteran running backs also performed well. Reggie Merriweather had 10-44 rushing and two touchdowns, while Kyle Browning added 12-34 rushing. Duane Coleman contributed four rushes
for 22 yards and walk-on running back Paul Macko had 6-40 and drew
praise from Coach Bowden after the scrimmage.
Charlie Whitehurst ran the first team offense against the
first team defense and completed 13-23 passes for 86 yards. Will Proctor continued to be impressive, hitting 16-21 passes for 221
yards and two touchdowns against the number-two defense. Red-shirt
freshman Cullen Harper was 4-4 for 31 yards while running the third
The receiving stats were also balanced. Freshman Tyler Grisham was the top receiver in terms of receptions, while classmate
Rendrick Taylor was the top receiver in terms of yardage. Grisham
had five catches for 49 yards, while Taylor had 4-79, including a
52-yard touchdown catch from Proctor.
Curtis Baham had a strong scrimmage with 4-40 receiving, while
La'Donte Harris added 4-39, including a 13-yard touchdown. Chansi Stuckey had 4-20 receiving and walk-on Nelson Faerber added 4-27.
Aaron Kelly had 3-19 receiving, as Rob Spence's offense had 12
Jad Dean continued to do well, hitting 3-3 on field goals (successful
attempts from 28, 29 and 30 yards).
The defense was led by linebacker Tramaine Billie, who had eight
tackles, including six first hits. Jamaal Fudge was also a standout
with seven tackles and two passes broken up.
David Dunham added six
tackles, including two for loss. Rashaad Jackson, who is challenging
for playing time in the defensive line, had four tackles, including
two tackles for loss. Philip Merling had four tackles, including a
sack, the only sack of the scrimmage.
There were no new injuries in the scrimmage. Charles Bennett left
the scrimmage halfway through due to the heat and Bobby Williamson
left early with leg cramps, also the result of the heat. Christian
Capote (knee) and Kelvin Grant (separated shoulder) were the only
players to miss the scrimmage due to injury.
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