Clemson practice for two-and-a-half hours on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center on Thursday. Tommy Bowden's Tigers were working diligently on preparation for Texas A&M throughout the day.
"We had a good practice, working on Texas A&M," said Bowden.
"We had the scout team offense and defense running Texas A& M's
plays. Ray Ray McElrathbey imitated Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal on running plays and Tribble Reese was the scout team
quarterback on passing plays. McNeal had nearly 300 yards of total
offense against Clemson last year in the Aggies 27-6 victory in
Bowden said that he continues to be impressed with his first
year freshmen and that seven to 10 could see action this year.
Clemson's head coach also said that red-shirt freshman Dorell
Scott had returned to the team. The defensive tackle had missed the
last eight days of practice for personal reasons. "We will try to
get him ready for Texas A&M, but it will be difficult because he has
missed a lot of time. But, we are glad he is back."
Clemson was low in terms of tight ends for practice on
Thursday. Bobby Williamson (shoulder) and Cole Downer (stomach
virus), Clemson's top two tight ends, were out for the day. Both
should be back by the weekend. Donnell Clark, who was running first
team defensive tackle before he suffered an ankle injury, was also
out of practice. Kelvin Grant continued to miss practice due to a
separated shoulder and is doubtful for the Texas A&M game.
The Tigers will hold a dress rehearsal on Friday evening,
then hold a practice on Saturday morning.
Thursday Practice Brief
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