Tigers Focus on Kickoff Coverage

CLEMSON - Head coach Tommy Bowden said Wednesday that his team has focused more on kickoff coverage this week during practice, including allowing more live contact to help simulate game conditions.

KICKOFF COVERAGE CONCERNS: After giving up over 200 yards and a touchdown on kickoff returns to Boston College last week, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Wednesday improving that part of his team has been a focal point of practice.

"We practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and we (usually) work on it three of four days," he said. "We still do. The only thing we are doing different (this week) is more live contact."

Bowden essentially declined to comment on whether or not that meant personnel changes, other than saying, "a little bit."

He also said the main problem was inability for the kickoff coverage team to keep contain.

"The problem was coverage. It wasn't the guy. It was just we were terrible. It was strictly the coverage," he said.

Later on Sports Information Director Tim Bourret confirmed that Clemson sent a tape to be reviewed by the ACC regarding what appeared to be a block in the back on LB Kavell Conner during Jeff Smith's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half.

"We sent the film in," Bowden said.

Conner appeared to be in position to make the tackle before being blocked in the back.

BOWDEN COMMENTS ON SUMMER ACCIDENT: After learning earlier Wednesday that Nathan Bennett and Roman Fry would not face serious charges involving the death of assistant track coach Jarrett Foster, Bowden said, "I'm sure that both of those guys and the Foster family are pleased. That probably brings closure to it."

Fry was been fined $257 by the Natural Resources Department for reckless operation of a watercraft. Bennett was fined $257 for negligent operation of the watercraft from which Foster fell.

QUICK HITS: Bowden said he is "95% sure" C.J. Gaddis will not make the trip to Tallahassee. ... Gaines Adams is still listed as questionable and did very little during practice Wednesday. ... Bowden also said the field turf allowed the team to practice outside, despite rainy conditions. "We had a plan to go inside, but we kind of slacked off (of that)."

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