Monday Practice Notebook

CLEMSON - Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden discusses his team's first practice after spring break.

GRANT LOSES HOME: Nearly every player returned from spring break unscathed, with the exception of one- offensive lineman Jamarcus Grant. Grant lost his house in the Mullins area to a fire.

"Jamarcus Grant's house burned down," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said after Monday's practice. "He's buying some clothes today. The NCAA has an immediate assistance fund. He lost everything.

"He also burned his leg throwing the grease out. It's right where the knee brace goes. We might get him back by the end of the week but he wasn't here today."

Bowden said that everyone in Grant's family was "alright" after the incident.

Grant, who is currently listed as the second team left guard behind Chris McDuffie, missed Monday's practice and could be out through the end of the week.

In addition to Grant's absence, a handful of players missed Monday's practice due to class, including Rendrick Taylor and Tramaine Billie.

NO CHANGES AT QB: After reviewing film of the final scrimmage before spring break, Bowden remained unwilling to admit any changes in the depth chart at quarterback.

Yes, Cullen Harper is still the starter, but after that is anybody's guess as Tribble Reese, Michael Wade and Willy Korn remain in contention for playing time.

"It was three (quarterbacks) with a question mark (before spring break) now it's three without the question mark," Bowden said referring to Willy Korn proving he can run the second team in that final scrimmage.

QUICK HITS: Bowden complimented the play of freshmen Landon Walker, DeAndre McDaniel Monday and he also noted that Phillip Merling, James Davis Rashaad Jackson and Crezdon Butler were emerging as leaders. ... Bowden said Michael Hamlin is "close" to returning and probably a week away. ... Ray Ray McElrathbey returned to practice after being suspended the first four practices due to academics. "We are going to scrimmage a little bit Wednesday and he'll have the chance to show us what he can do," Bowden said. ... Bowden said he expects to do an extensive amount of goal line work this week, "We are going to work some goal line. Some live goal line. That's more of a toughness drill than anything," he said.

CUTigers.com Top Stories