Sunday Teleconference Notes: Hamlin Out

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden held his weekly Sunday teleconference with the media.

HAMLIN INJURY UPDATE: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Sunday afternoon that starting cat safety Michael Hamlin will miss at least the next six to seven weeks, and possibly the rest of the year with a broken foot.

"He's got a broken foot and will be out at six to seven weeks," said Bowden. "We'll have to start playing around with personnel which we are doing today."

Hamlin suffered the injury on the controversial fourth quarter interception that was eventually overturned by instant replay.

One move being considered is moving free safety Chris Russell into Hamlin's position. Back up cat safety Roy Walker will also get consideration.

INJURIES MOUNTING UP: For those keeping track, Clemson has now lost three defensive starters in Mike Hamlin, Tramaine Billie and Anthony Waters to injury. As it stands now, Waters is definitely out for the year while Bille and Hamlin could be as well.

"This is something you can't work on," said Bowden.

In addition, bandit end Gaines Adams also has a bruised shoulder. Bowden said he was "unsure" about Gaines Adams' shoulder injury in relation to next week's game at Florida State, but SID Tim Bourret later confirmed the injury was likely just a bruise.

QUICK HITS: Bowden said he has not yet seen the television copy of Hamlin's interception that was overturned by replay. ... Bowden also said that the overtime run of C.J. Spiller on first and goal that lost three yards was designed for Spiller. "He's the fastest guy we've got. That's a speed play," he said. ... Finally Bowden said that the blocked extra point was not due to a missed assignment. "There was a little bit of error by the interal guys. but there was something we could have done better. It wasn't so much of a missed assignment he was just run smack over. He could have been more physical at the point of attack," he said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We should get better because we are playing a whole bunch of a younger guys, other than our offensive line. If we just do a good job as coaches of getting better .... I think we are going to make progress between weeks two and three with the guys that are going to be there." - Bowden on the outlook for the next week despite losing three defensive starters to injury.

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