Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - "A&M is very talented and so is Maryland, but this is going to be a different speed, a different tempo. ... These are the five-stars, the blue-chips, the Parade All-Americans guys," Bowden said.


Tommy Bowden Wednesday Comments (7:32)

COLEMAN ADJUSTING: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Duane Coleman looked "more natural" than what he originally anticipated at cornerback today.

"He's got some quickness," said Bowden. "I know he's got some toughness. Body movement. (He's) fluid. There are things from a physical standpoint ... moving his hips, getting out of breaks, acceleration, eyes, and seeing things.

Bowden also said the transition is anything but easy.

"It's foreign right now. It's like going to another country trying to learn another language," he said of Coleman's move.

MERRIWEATHER ALL CLASS: With James Davis taking over as the starting running back as a true freshmen, the thought is out there that former starter Reggie Merriweather may view the move as a negative one.

Not so according to Tommy Bowden.

"In this day and time, kids watch NFL and they see them guys and what they are allowed to do as far as bringing honor to themselves. Some of that filters down. Kids nowadays want the ball; they want to be the main guy. They want to see their name in the paper. They want their picture in the paper and when they don't get their way, they pout. They sulk," said Bowden.

"He's (Reggie) totally opposite: great attitude, great sense of humor. He's a team guy. ... He's a great ambassador for the right kind of attitude each day."

BIGGEST CHALLENGE SATURDAY: In facing a nationally ranked team in No. 13 Miami this Saturday, there are several challenges obviously facing the Clemson football team.

Not surprisingly, Bowden said Wednesday that one of the biggest adjustments is Miami's team speed.

"A&M is very talented and so is Maryland, but this is going to be a different speed, a different tempo. ... These are the five-stars, the blue-chips, the Parade All-Americans guys," he said.

QUICK HITS: Bowden said he continue to expects more out of punter Cole Chason. ... Bowden also declined comment on moving the annual game against South Carolina to the Saturday after Thanksgiving. ... Finally, Bowden said that the West Zone construction helps recruiting but "nothing helps recruiting more than winning."

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