TE Off the Team?

CLEMSON – There is news concerning two offensive starters and why they didn't practice Monday morning. One of them injured a knee, while the other has left campus and is no longer on the team.

Freshman tailback James Davis took a helmet to left kneecap and was held out of the scrimmage because of it. It isn't believed to be anything serious, just a deep bruise on the bone.

"It got bruised a little bit," Davis said. "I'm going to go home and put some ice on it and tomorrow it will be good."

The good news concerning Davis is that he no longer wears the protective cast on his right wrist, which he fractured against N.C. State in October.

As far as the other player not to practice, red-shirt senior tight end Bobby Williamson has left the team and will not make the trip to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando due to academic reasons, multiple sources said.

Senior Cole Downer will get the start, with Thomas Hunter getting plenty of playing time as well.

Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden will discuss all the academic issues Tuesday.

RUSHING IS KEY: Bowden said in order to be successful against Colorado, his team is going to have to have some success running the ball.

You wouldn't know it by their last three games, but the Buffaloes are ranked ninth in the country in run defense, giving up only 95.3 yards per game on the ground and 2.71 yards per carry.

However, Davis doesn't see it being that difficult.

"I saw that, too," he said about their numbers. "They said the same thing about N.C. State that they weren't giving up too many yards, either."

CHRISTMAS DAY PLANS: Even though it's not quite the same as being at home with the family, plans are set to for the team to have a get together on Christmas.

"We'll let the players sleep in and then we'll have a voluntary chapel from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and I think we'll have a nice Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or as good as we can get away from home and then practice," Bowden said. "They'll have some free time that evening."

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