CUTigersTV: What About Reggie?

CLEMSON - It's been a popular discussion since National Signing Day. Just how will the Tigers handle a three-man rotation between James Davis, Reggie Merriweather and C.J. Spiller? Is Merriweather the odd man out? Tommy Bowden talks about that and more in another edition of CUTigersTV.

CUTigersTV: Tommy Bowden



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There's a lot of talk about C.J. Spiller and James Davis playing together this year, but nobody is talking about Reggie Merriweather. That's probably a mistake isn't it?
Bowden: Well, I think James was the ACC Rookie of the Year and the other guy is a highly recruited guy. Reggie, he shows up every game. He's got a pretty good personality to handle it. It's really not fair to him but I think that's just the way ... because of the situation with James having the success he has and then Spiller coming in. He won't be overlooked from a coaching standpoint. Maybe from the fans' standpoint or the media's standpoint.

Can you talk a little bit about how you see his role?
Bowden: We'll need backs. We are going to need all three of those guys. We need all five. Including Demerick (Chancellor) and (Paul Macko) before the season is over. The more good backs you've got the better chance you have to win. There are some things that Reggie does. He's a tough inside runner. There's nothing to hit. He's neck and ankle. He brings something to the board that some of these other guys don't.

So does he take more of a blocking role this year?
Bowden: No. None of them guys. We wouldn't put our house payment on any of them guys blocking (laughing). Including him. That's one of the things you have to take into consideration. We will be minimal in that. It will be outside perimeter guys, cut blocks. It won't be protect him (the quarterback) from a 260-pound defensive end. That's not what they do. They run for a living. That's just their size. They don't block for a living.

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