Monday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON – Even though the calendar said it was a Monday, Clemson football head coach treated it as though it were a Tuesday as the Tigers wore pads and did some hitting as opposed to what they normally do on the first day of the week.

Bowden said the longer practice and the hitting wasn't any sort of punishment for the way the team performed Thursday at Virginia Tech and that he wasn't trying to shake loss any possible hangover.

"We won't know until Saturday whether they've shaken off the effects of the game or not," he said. "We would have practiced like this whether we one or lost."

Many of the questions to Bowden centered around his starting quarterback, Will Proctor, who has had a tough going of it in recent weeks.

Bowden said that backup Cullen Harper isn't getting any extra snaps in practice, but added that Proctor has to play much better in the future.

"He has to perform better," Bowden said. "He performed alright, but that's a game where you need to perform better than alright. …

"I'd say he'd have to have poor performances back-to-back-to-back; have some consistent poor performances."

When asked should Proctor have a bad game against Maryland, would he consider making a change, Bowden said, yes.

"I treat that position like any other position," he said. "That's my background, as ya'll know. I've made changes before at that position."

But Bowden pointed out that Proctor is making the mistakes a first-year quarterback generally makes and that the bad games came against good competition.

"It wasn't against Duke or North Carolina," Bowden said. "They're pretty good defenses."

Merriweather's role
Senior tailback Reggie Merriweather didn't play against Virginia Tech Thursday night, but running backs coach Burton Burns said not to read anything into that.

"Reggie is still in the rotation," Burns said. "The other night was just one of those nights when things were going: one, two, three and out; one, two, three and out. We just didn't have a rhythm to get him in there.

"I spoke to him today and he still has the same role he had before he got hurt. You'll see him back."

Quick hits
Running back Demerick Chancellor will undergo surgery on his shoulder Thursday and might be back in time for a bowl. … Defensive lineman Rashaad Jackson had a stinger and concussion against Virginia Tech, but he is expected to play Saturday. … Tight end Thomas Hunter practiced and is expected to play Saturday. Top Stories