Sunday Teleconference Notes

News and notes from Tommy Bowden's weekly teleconference with the media including an updated on senior running back Reggie Merriweather.

FILM REVIEW: After a 52-7 win over North Carolina Saturday afternoon, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Saturday that his team looked just as dominating on film as it did in person.

"Yes it really was," he said. "We got MVPS. James Davis (was on offense) but there were a couple of guys that could have won it. Dorrell Scott was on defense but Chris Clemons played really good and Sadat Chambers got special teams player of the game.

"We had a lot of three and outs on defense. A lot of long scoring drives. Special teams you can really create a lot of momentum with what Sadat did, and of course Crezdon recovered it."

Bowden was also pleased with the improvement on special teams.

"I thought Jad did an excellent job. Kicking is so mental because it's more than an individual thing. I thought that said a lot about him to fight through some adversity."

The one area he cited he like to see improvement in is with more big plays on offense.

"We didn't have any long passes or any long runs," he said. "James wanted over 100 and I told him to break a long run and he'll get it."

Despite the lack of big plays, the Tigers still recorded 504 yards of total offense.

TIGERS MOVE UP: After Saturday's win, Clemson is now ranked No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll (up from 23 last week) and No. 18 (up from 19 last week) in the AP Poll.

QUICK HITS: Bowden said that N.C. State's win over Boston College helps his team's chances to get to Jacksonville. "When you lose a conference game somebody else is kind of driving the car," he said. "Us, Boston College and Florida State are all on there. At least we've got a hand on the steering wheel. But N.C. State and Wake, they don't have a conference loss yet and Maryland hasn't played (an ACC game) yet." ... Bowden mentioned several young players that impressed him Saturday, including Jamie Cumbie, Thomas Austin and Jamarcus Grant. "Jamarcus Grant got in about 17 plays and played pretty good," he said. "Cory Lambert got 20 something plays." ... Reggie Merriweather's ankle injury is not believed to be serious according to Sports Information Direction Tim Bourret. Top Stories