Whitehurst Splits Reps Again

CLEMSON – Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst practiced Tuesday night and he threw all the passes asked of him, but backup Will Proctor also took as many snaps with the first team. Meanwhile, there are more moves on the defensive side as Clemson prepares to take on Florida State Saturday.

"It felt pretty good," Whitehurst said of his sore throwing shoulder, which prevented him from playing last week against Duke. "I really didn't feel anything lingering from (Monday's) practice, so that's definitely an improvement. It's better than last week."

Whitehurst said the true test for the pain level will come Wednesday at practice when he throw's his first pass.

"It's not something that you feel other then when you're throwing the football, so it's like you wait 24 hours until you pick a ball up," he said. "My arm wasn't hanging today like it has been in the past weeks."

Offensive coordinator Rob Spence, who has been given the power to determine the starter, said the answer could come closer to Saturday rather than Wednesday or Thursday.

Spence said the determining factors are whether Whitehurst can make the passes with velocity and whether he gets enough reps in practice to understand the game plan.

More Defensive Changes
It appears the C.J. Gaddis experiment at cornerback is over for the time being. And now, CUTigers.com has exclusively learned that another veteran will replace Sergio Gilliam as the starter opposite of Tye Hill.

Duane Coleman ran with the first-team defense throughout practice Tuesday, with Gilliam relegated to the second-team. Gaddis remained at safety.

Speaking of Hill, he is among 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation's top defensive back. Hill has three interceptions, eight passes defensed and 47 tackles so far this season. He has five tackles for loss among the 47 tackles.

This list will be narrowed on November 21, to three finalists. The winner will be announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show on December 8.

Quote of the day
"What do you give a guy that's 76 and has got everything? So, I decided to cover all angles. He's a mild diabetic and 76, so I sent him chocolate covered prunes and a box of Depends. I figured that would cover everything, put him in mild shock by Saturday and if anything else happens, it's covered," -- Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said about what he got his father and Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden on his birthday, which is today (Tuesday).

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