It was the second major scrimmage for Tommy Bowden's football team, who will conclude Spring practice on April 14 with the Spring Game at 1:00 PM at Memorial Stadium. While Harper and Davis stood out on offense, there were also many top defensive performances. Freshman DeAndre McDaniel had six tackles and three passes broken up, while sophomore cornerback Crezdon Butler had three tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception. Defensive End Kwam Williams had two tackles for loss, including a sack.
"It looked pretty even as far as evaluating who had the upper
hand today," said Bowden. "Last Saturday the offense had the upper
hand, but last Wednesday when we did a half scrimmage, the defense
dominated. Today there was more back in forth. The offense would
make a big play, then the defense would make a big play."
Bowden singled out the performance of a couple of players
after Saturday's practice. "I thought James Davis ran very hard
today. Ray Ray McElrathbey also had another good day. We still
would like to sign another running back before August, but the way he
has come on as the third running back it does not appear to be as
"On defense, Phillip Merling and Rashaad Jackson continue to
play well. I was also impressed with the play of DeAndre McDaniel in
the secondary. He is an aggressive player. We don't have to tell
him to attack. He is a contact player who shows up in practice each
Bowden was pleased with the play of the quarterbacks as well
"Cullen Harper has played well. He has the most experience
so he knows the offense the best. He has paid attention to detail
and that is good to see. But, the other quarterbacks have done well
as well. They are making progress."
The defense seemed to have the upper hand during the regular
aspect of the scrimmage. The offense scored four touchdowns, but
only one was on a drive of over 35 yards. Davis scored on a
four-yard run to start the scoring on a 25-yard drive. Durrell Barry
scored on a 39-yard pass and run from Harper, and Paul Macko and
Ronald Watson, Jr. also scored on short runs.
Richard Jackson made a 44-yard field goal.
The offense seemed to have the upper hand in the goal line
aspect of the scrimmage that concluded the day's practice. The
offense scored five touchdowns in nine possessions. McElrathbey
scored two on goal line runs.
Harper had a solid day, completing 14-21 passes for 140 yards
and a touchdown. He has now completed 27-42 passes for 310 yards,
two touchdowns and no interceptions in the two stadium scrimmages.
Willy Korn completed 8-17 for 80 yards, but had a touchdown pass
dropped and another score that was wiped out when the officials
called him down on a sack even though he was just tagged in the back
by a defender. (Clemson coaches do not allow quarterbacks to be
tackled during scrimmages, the policy for most Division I schools).
Tribble Reese had 4-9 for 47 yards through the air.
Davis was the top rusher in the scrimmage with his 10-57 day.
C.J. Spiller played sparingly before leaving after an hour to compete
in Clemson's track meet at the Rock Norman Track later in the
afternoon. He had 7-7 rushing and one catch for five yards. Jacoby
Ford had the same schedule and had two receptions for 21 yards before
leaving for the track meet.
Ronald Watson, Jr. was the second leading rusher with 14-41
and a touchdown. McElrathbey had 8-28 on the ground, including the
two touchdowns in the goal line portion of the scrimmage. He also
had two receptions for 16 yards.
Sophomore tight end Michael Palmer had three receptions for
29 yards, Rendrick Taylor had 3-8 and a touchdown in the goal line
portion of the scrimmage, and Tyler Grisham had 3-8 receiving. Aaron
Kelly had the most receiving yards with 2-45, while Barry had the
39-yard score on his only reception. La' Donte Harris had 2-23
through the air, while Jeff Ogren had 2-20.
Haydrian Lewis, Chris Chancellor and Elsmore Gabriel all had
seven tackles to lead the defenders in that category. Gabriel also
had a sack. McDaniel had six stops to go with three pass deflections
from the secondary. Jamie Cumbie had five tackles, all first hits.
Crezdon Butler had the interception by the defense, while Jock
McKissic had the only fumble recovery. Williams had two tackles for
loss, including a seven-yard sack. Ricky Sapp had just one tackle,
but it was a sack, his fourth sack in two scrimmages.
Jamal Medlin was the only player who suffered an injury that
require his removal from the practice. He suffered a knee injury,
but Clemson doctors said after practice they don't believe the injury
is serious, just a sprain. Brandon Pilgrim missed the scrimmage with
an arm injury and is out for the rest of the spring. Defensive
tackle Dorell Scott sat out the scrimmage while he recovers from a
concussion suffered in practice last week.
Returning lettermen defensive backs Chris Clemons and Sadat
Chambers both missed the practice as they attended funerals of
respective family members.
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