Notebook: Stranded Tigers Make It

NASHVILLE – If a few members of the Clemson football team were a little groggy Tuesday for practice, it'd be easy to understand why. Car problems in the dead of night in the middle of the country will tend to make one lose some sleep.

Such was the case for a foursome of Tigers in receiver Rendrick Taylor, defensive tackle Antwon Murchison, receiver Andrew Diomande and receiver Terrance Ashe early Tuesday.

The four were riding together and on their way back to Clemson when the car they were in blew a tire at about 2 a.m., just outside of Easley. It took a while for the foursome to figure out how to change the tire.

However, all was not safe.

"We were stuck on the side of the road for about 45 minutes," Taylor said. "Then we found the jack and the spare. We put the spare on and like 10 minutes later down the road, the spare blew out on us. We were stranded for about two hours and then we found a ride to campus."

The foursome got back to campus near 4 a.m. and were so worried about being late they called head coach Tommy Bowden at 2:30 a.m. to inform him of the problems.

And just to make sure he believed their story, they actually took pictures of the flat and the car on the jack with their cell phones.

There were no penalties for their tardiness.

Taylor feeling good
All signs are pointing to Taylor getting fairly decent playing time against Kentucky Friday afternoon.

Following practice in brutally bitter-cold conditions, Taylor said the once mangled arm is doing much better.

"I felt real good today at practice," he said. "My arm is feeling pretty good and I've got less pain. I took some pretty good shots in practice on it earlier. I'm real excited."

Taylor admitted that he's still somewhat overly protective of the arm.

"Kind of," he said. "If I get in a game situation, I just feel everything will be blocked out for me. If I get in the ball game, I'm going to run hard and take the hit. I'm not going to think about reinjuring my arm. That's behind me.

"In practice I kind of protect it, but it's something that I'm going to have to get over. I'm just going to have to keep (doing it over and over)."

Quick hits
Offensive lineman Roman Fry, who sustained a season-ending knee injury earlier in the year, said he got engaged to his girlfriend on the same day he graduated.

"She said she wouldn't marry me unless I got a degree," he said. "So, I got my degree and then I asked her." …

To the surprise of several people, sophomore safety Brandon Croley made the trip with the team to Nashville. … Freshman tailback C.J. Spiller said his ankle that he sprained last week in practice is getting better and that he will definitely play Friday.

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