James Davis Confident He'll Start

CLEMSON – One day after Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden said there hadn't been any changes on the depth chart it now appears there will be a change with the offense.

Early indications are heralded freshman James Davis could be the starting tailback against Maryland on Saturday. Davis, who rushed a game-high 101 yards on 10 carries against Texas A&M, said roles were different in Tuesday's practice.

"I practiced with the ones," he said.

When asked if Reggie Merriweather or Duane Coleman practiced with the first team also, Davis said, "Just me. Really, it was just me mostly."

Davis was then asked if he was going to be this week's starter.

"There's a possibility, because it all depends on what I do out there in practice this week," he said. "(The coaches) are quick to make a change. I think so, yeah.

"They'll probably make a game-time decision on who's going to start. Last week, I rotated with the second team, but I was the fourth back rotated. Now, I'm the first back rotated."

This comes even though Bowden said early Tuesday that he didn't see things changing.

"We'll establish a pecking order, but I would say Reggie didn't do anything to lose his job," he said. "But competition is a good factor. And (Merriweather, Coleman and Kyle Browning) are going to have to raise their level of play, because there's a new guy on the block."

Tigers crack Top 25
Clemson broke into the top 25 of the Associated Press college football rankings Tuesday. The Tigers are ranked 25th and received 164 poll points after defeating No. 17 Texas A&M. The loss dropped the Aggies out of the Top 25.

Clemson is one of seven ACC teams ranked this week.

This is Clemson's first appearance in the AP Poll since Sept. 7, 2004, when the Tigers were ranked 20th. Clemson was 15th in the AP preseason poll last year, and then dropped to 20th after an overtime victory against Wake Forest. The next week Clemson lost to Georgia Tech and dropped out of the poll for the rest of the season.

The ranking is the 31st top 25 weekly ranking since Bowden became head coach in 1999, which includes a high ranking of No. 5 in the AP Poll for four consecutive weeks in 2000.

"Can we stop playing?" Bowden asked. "All right, we're 1-0. I'll take it and go home. It's really insignificant at the beginning of the year.

"I really don't put any credence to it because we've only played one game. In the coaching profession it's really insignificant. If you're ranked in the preseason it's because of what you did the year before. It doesn't mean much. It's good for the players to be recognized, they work hard."

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