Clemson held its final shells practice on Monday, a three
hour workout on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic
Center. The Tigers put on the full pads on Tuesday with an afternoon
Tuesday will be a tough day as players will go through a three hour
practice in pads for the first time, then study for final exams that
conclude summer school on Wednesday.
Bowden singled out some young players for their final
practice on Monday. "Among the players who impressed me on Monday
were freshmen linebackers Jeremy Campbell and Kevin Alexander,
Elsmore Gabriel (DE), C.J. Spiller (RB), Duane Coleman (CB),
Christian Capote (OT), Barry Humphries (C), and Alex Pearson (FB-TE).
"Some of those players you haven't heard much about. Gabriel
had a good day on the defensive line, Capote played well at tackle
and Barry Humphries has had a good summer. Pearson got a lot of
action today and has really improved.
"You wonder how guys will react to inside running for the
first time, but C.J. Spiller popped a couple of runs on the inside
that were impressive.
The practice ended with a diving touchdown reception by
sophomore wide receiver Tyler Grisham on a pass from starting
quarterback Will Proctor.
Another interception by Duane Coleman
was a defensive highlight of the practice.
Some players, including senior leaders Gaines Adams, Dustin
Fry and Anthony Waters, missed two-thirds of the practice due to a
Bowden later talked about the performance of his young
defensive linemen, a group that will hold one of the keys to
Clemson's progress this year. "Phillip Merling had a really good ay
of practice. He was consistent and showed leadership when Gaines was
in class. Etta Etta-Tawo also played well today."
Bowden also talked about the progress of the tight ends.
"Thomas Hunter is the top tight end and he really held that position
the second half of last season. He is a tough guy who is consistent
and a good blocker. And, he runs well. Akeem Robinson caught a
touchdown pass today in one of the drills against the defense and he
is way ahead of where he was at this time last year. He had just
moved to tight end about this time a year ago. We have use for a
lot of tight ends in this offense."
There were no new injuries reported on Monday. Rendrick
Taylor, Cole Chason, Jamarcus Grant and Sergio Gilliam all missed
practice. Gilliam, recovering from a knee injury that required
arthroscopic surgery, was elevated to a green jervey and should be
back by the end of the week.
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