Koenning Discusses Changes at CB

CLEMSON – This wasn't your typical, boring Monday night practice. There was plenty of hot news on both sides of the ball, including position changes and a benching, and CUTigers.com was there to bring it all to you.

First, the question that everyone wants to know: What did starting quarterback Charlie Whitehurst do in practice? Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden has said all along that if Whitehurst practices, he plays.

"We went through a typical Monday practice," Bowden said. "He did most everything on a normal Monday. Now the big day will be will it hurt tomorrow? Like I've said, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the big day."

Practices on Monday consist of center-quarterback exchanges, with a lot of goal line and short-yardage situations thrown in. The passing drills include quick screens and play-action passes.

Tuesday and Wednesday will consist of lots of throwing against the first-team defense, which means it will be a game-like situation. Bowden will have a better understanding then what his senior quarterback can and can't do.

Also on offense, Bowden said tailback James Davis still can't carry the ball in his left hand because the soft cast he's wearing due to a fractured wrist is still too thick.

Davis only being able to carry it in his right hand apparently isn't a concern to Bowden.

"He's got a good arm, so a good arm is a good arm," Bowden said. "It won't make a difference. … Once you secure it, it's secured."

Defensive moves
After giving up an enormous amount of passing yards to a woeful Duke team, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is in the process of making some dramatic changes in the secondary.

"We've got to do something," Koenning said. "That was pretty ugly Saturday."

The final results of the changes may not be known for a few more days.

"I'm considering a lot of moves," Koenning said. "Whether it's Chris Clemons back at corner, whether it's C.J. Gaddis back at corner, we've got to do something. We can't play like that."

One thing is for certain, Sergio Gilliam is no longer the starter at cornerback.

"I don't like to put it on one guy, but about 120 to 140 yards of it was (on Gilliam)," Koenning said. "We're going to practice for a few days and see what we can sort out."

With pass-happy Florida State and South Carolina next on the schedule, the time to make the move is now.

"With the talent and the ability to throw the ball our next two opponents have, shoot we'll give up a 1,000 yards passing the next two games if we don't improve," Koenning said. "We better do something. I'm very disappointed and very embarrassed."

The reason the game has been scheduled for 7 p.m. is because SEC rules only allows schools that have pay-per-view telecasts to be show a game once at 1 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m. during the season. And since South Carolina has already used those times once, it has no choice but to play it at 7 p.m.

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