Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - Two reserve players will likely not make the trip to Winston-Salem, N.C. this weekend according to Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden.


Tommy Bowden Wednesday Comments (8:08)

TURNOVERS ARE KEY: Clemson has turned the ball over just one time this year, the game-ending interception against 13th ranked Miami two weeks ago. But Wednesday, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden stressed the importance of creating more turnovers on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think that's where you get the margin of victory," he said. "I was just thinking the other day about all of these close games. The day we played Missouri over here we forced six turnovers. And (from) where they turned it over, the game can get out of hand. Then you can increase your margin of error.

"It goes in cycles. It's eventually going to happen."

The Tigers have forced seven turnovers in four games this season, but there have been other opportunities for more, including several dropped passes in the secondary.

"We've had opportunities to catch the football (on defense)," Bowden said. "A lot of times that can be a 14-point swing."

INJURIES CREEPING UP : WR Rendrick Taylor (left wrist) and OG Chris McDuffie (lower left leg) will likely not be making the trip to Winston-Salem this weekend.

"Chris (McDuffie) probably will not go, Rendrick (Taylor) will probably not go," Bowden said. "We've just been as beat up as we've (ever) been. We've played four 60-minute games and two overtime games. We are beat up right now and tired so I've had to be really conscious of that.

"But if you take time off the field, you worry about assignments."

QUICK HITS: Bowden would not comment on if there would be a change at punter this weekend. Bowden said, "We've had a punt-off. I've got information on my desk (right now concerning the punt-off)." Bowden also said that there could be changes in the return game based on what happens in Thursday's practice.

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