Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON – The Clemson football team held a scrimmage Wednesday before embarking on Spring Break and head coach Tommy Bowden wasn't exactly thrilled with the way things went.

"We turned the ball over too many times on offense," he said. "We'd been in trouble if we'd been playing. We're not ready to play a game."

One of the fumbles on offense came from freshman receiver Jacoby Ford, who has been the talk of spring practice with his speed.

"I want to find out before the first game how much he's going to be a factor," Bowden said. "He can only do that if he stays healthy. I think he's one of the guys that fumbled today. But in truth, it doesn't bother me as much when a true freshman fumbles as much as an upperclassman."

And while he sparingly praised the play of the defense, that unit was safe from his ire, either.

"We didn't get any big plays on today on offense or defense," Bowden said. "There hasn't been any good hitting and it's a little disappointing. Nobody's really kind of stunned anybody and kind of made us move the drill (to a different location). You'd like a couple of those drill moving hits."

SPLIT-BACK OFFENSE: During goal line drills, the Tigers put in the split-back offense and they were four-for-four in scoring touchdowns. That's quite a difference from last year when more times than not, it seemed they had to settle for a field goal.

"It's been a good personnel grouping that gets both Reggie (Merriweather) and James (Davis) on the field at the same time," said quarterback Will Proctor. "It's working good for us right now."

QUICK HITS: Bowden said backup quarterback Cullen Harper has put some separation between himself and Tribble Reese for the number two spot. … After missing most of Monday's practice with a sore hamstring, center Dustin Fry practiced all of Wednesday. However, his replacement on Monday, Barry Humphries, sustained what is believed to be a high-ankle sprain. Top Stories