"It was a good day of practice," said Bowden. "We didn't condition after the second practice (run sprints) because we want to save their legs for Saturday's scrimmage."
Clemson will work in Death Valley in the morning. The scrimmage is closed to the public and the media.
"It will be an important scrimmage. We want to see how the freshmen
have progressed. We are getting close to the time where we will try
to predict who will help us by the fourth of fifth games of the year.
That will be the determining factor in deciding whom we red-shirt."
Bowden said starting linebacker Tramaine Billie had surgery on Friday for a broken ankle suffered at the end of practice on
Wednesday. He said Billie would be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks. He
planned to meet with Billie and his family over the weekend to
determine his status with the team this year. Billie is eligible for
a red-shirt season and could return for 2007 if he sits out this year.
"Tramaine was having a tremendous camp. I told the team we
had some time to see who would step up in his place, but one thing we
won't replace is his speed."
Billie was Clemson's third leading
tackler last year with 93 tackles. He has started each of the last
18 Clemson games and the Tigers are 13-5 in those games.
Bowden also announced that snapper Colin Leonard and reserve
running back Paul Macko would be on scholarship for this year.
Leonard is a junior from Lafayette, IN and is in his fourth year in
the program. He lettered in 2005. Macko is a junior from
Wadsworth, OH who played in one game last year.
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