Bowden Says He's Learned His Lesson

CLEMSON – One day after saying he vetoed offensive coordinator Rob Spence's desire to play backup quarterback Will Proctor against Georgia Tech Saturday, Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden said that won't happen again.

"I don't do that anymore," Bowden said. "I learned my lesson. …

"I'll talk to Rob Thursday after practice and see what he feel comfortable (with). He's the one that does most of preparation work. I'll have to see how comfortable he feels Thursday."

Once again, starting quarterback Charlie Whitehurst didn't practice Monday night due to a sore right shoulder. And over the last couple of days, a firestorm has emerged over whether or not Proctor should play more considering that Whitehurst, who will address the issue to the media for the first time Tuesday afternoon, is slightly injured.

However, Bowden tried to downplay Whitehurst's missing time.

"That's not uncommon," Bowden said. "That's been going on for a while. It's been a couple of weeks."

But what the new information that came after practice was Bowden saying he's now taking a different approach to the quarterback situation.

"We'll have to see how much he practices (on whether Whitehurst starts)," he said. "The whole point is that I'm not being fair to Charlie when he doesn't get work. I keep forgetting that he's a fifth-year senior, but he's a freshman in this offense. That's the biggest thing that I kind of lost track of. … He's missed a whole bunch of the offense and it wasn't fair to him."

Bowden will no longer take into count that Whitehurst is a fifth-year senior and obviously the better of the two quarterbacks.

"All I weigh is practice time and execution during the game," Bowden said. "I didn't make a good decision on evaluating the equation of the fifth-year senior thing with all the reps with the new offense and the reads."

Bowden ALSO said he doesn't believe Whitehurst will need surgery to fix what's wrong, but added that he will let his quarterback address all of his health issues Tuesday.

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