Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - With the first week of spring practice in the books, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is ready to see his team take the field for their first official scrimmage of the year.

TIGERS SCRIMMAGE SATURDAY: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Friday that he's looking for a number of things out of his team during their first official scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday. First and foremost on his mind, however, is the offensive line.

"You'd like to see the offensive line kind of take control of the scrimmage to be honest with you," he said. "You'd like to see them come out there and establish some sort of running superiority. ...

"I'm anxious to see how our young defensive linemen go against our veteran offensive line. It's kind of what they need ... a good hard day. I hope it's hot."

The Tigers will also work on special teams Saturday, which will include the new punt formation. "We'll have a couple of live one's," Bowden said of his punt protection unit.

Reserve punter Mark Buchholtz will not be available for Saturday's football scrimmage due to the fact the soccer team has two scrimmages Saturday.

"We are going to miss him tomorrow," Bowden added.

Clemson will scrimmage late tomorrow morning until 12:45 PM. The scrimmage is closed to the media and the general public.

REDSHIRT LINEMEN READY? Much has been made this offseason about several red-shirt freshmen on the offensive line, namely Thomas Austin, Barry Humphries and Cory Lambert, among others.

With the first week of practice in the books, Bowden is not ready to name a younger player who is standing out.

"It's a tough position mentally That's a position that it is hard to evaluate how guys are doing. Right now we are pretty solid up front. But by the end of spring, we'll need to see where those guys can help us," he said.

QUICK HITS: S Chris Clemons will not be at Saturday's scrimmage due to a funeral ... CB Sergio Gilliam may miss part of the scrimmage due to a funeral. ... Bowden said his cornerback depth chart is as deep as it has been since he's been at Clemson, despite the fact the two starters may not be as talented as players he's had in the past. "We've got six guys battling for two spots," he said. ... Finally Bowden said the defense has been forcing turnovers in skeleton situations through the first week of practice, "That's the mentality to want to develop on defense," he added. Top Stories