Spence, Koenning Talk Bowl Game

CLEMSON - The weather is bitter cold, players have just finished taking their final exams and Clemson is about to partake in a bowl game in Orlando. But even so, the coaching staff has been running practice as though it's August and not December.

When a team has a prolonged amount of time away from the practice field, players have a tendency to forget the basic fundamentals or develop sloppy habits.

And as a result, Tigers offensive coordinator Rob Spence and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have spent a large amount of time since the first bowl practice making the sure players remember what they are supposed to do.

"One of the problems with a young and inexperienced team is that our fundamentals are extremely important," Koenning said. "We have to be fundamentally correct or pretty close or we?re very average at best.

"We've been spending quite a bit of time trying to get back to do things right and we've still got some things to do. We got better today than we did yesterday and hopefully tomorrow will be better than today. You get it kind of shored up and then you get another couple of days off and you go, oh no here we go again."

Spence said even though there is a lot more experience on the offensive side of the ball that he has spent an equal amount of time as Koenning practicing the little things.

"The one thing that you can't take for granted are the fundamentals and techniques at your position," Spence said. "You want to make sure you?re giving an adequate amount of time to that even when you're preparing this late in the season. I think the tendency is to get away from that as the year rolls on and if anything you should probably focus on that more in a game like this.

"We've really hit home on some of the basic fundamentals like the position at quarterback and just making sure the footwork is on order and making sure all the attention to detail is there on each and every play."

ADAMS WANTS TO COME BACK: Junior defensive end Gaines Adams said even though he sent in paperwork to the NFL to inquire about his possible draft position, he said he has every intention on remaining a Tiger.

"It's 99.9 percent I'm coming back," he said. "It's not even a question no more. I just sent the information off to the Junior Committee just to see what they would say and just to see what type of ranking they would give me right now. I'm coming back next year and hopefully I can do better than this year."

QUICK HITS: The team scrimmaged today in goal line situations, which means a lot of live and hard hitting. Other than center Dustin Fry with a sprained ankle, there are no injuries. The team will scrimmage again Monday.

Spence said he can tell a big difference in quarterback Charlie Whitehurst now as compared to all of October and November.

"It's definitely a lot better," Spence said. "He looks a lot better and I think he feels a lot more comfortable knowing that it's nothing serious."

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