Position Changes and Other Notes

CLEMSON – Some 26 hours before the official start of the 2007 football season, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden met with a small gathering of media in his office to discuss what he expects with the first day of practice and what some of the key issues are to watch.

Here are some of the highlights of Friday's interview session:

*Right out of the chute, Bowden said three position changes have taken place. Redshirt sophomore Sadat Chambers moved from safety to running back, sophomore Kevin Alexander has moved from linebacker to Bandit, and redshirt freshman Michael Wade has moved from quarterback to safety.

The move with potentially the most immediate impact is the Chambers switch. He will start Saturday's practice tied with Ray Ray McElrathbey as the team's second string running back.

The move was made because Bowden isn't sold that McElrathbey can be the type of player he needs at that position, which is very, very thin depth wise.

"Right now, Ray Ray is carrying a pretty big load," Bowden said. "I'm totally convinced he can juggle both loads adequately right now. It's tough. Right now he's having a tough time juggling academics. So, I'm just not sure that he can do it at the level that he needs to do it at both ends."

Bowden said moving wide receiver Rendrick Taylor, linebacker Josh Miller and safety Darius Gaither were also discussed about moving to tailback, but they settled on Chambers.

Alexander will enter camp tied with Kwam Williams as the second-team Bandit, while Wade is very deep on the depth chart at safety. He will compete for a job on special teams.

* Because of the lack of depth running back, Bowden said he expects to sign at least two for this recruiting class and possibly as many as three.

"We really didn't find anything," Bowden said of trying to sign a late qualifier this past spring. "It saves us two for next year."

* As of now, it appears there will be no academic casualties for the Clemson football team, which is quite a long way from what many thought would happen during the spring.

He will know for sure when the final exams for the second session of summer school takes place on Aug. 8.

"We don't anticipate losing anybody, I can tell you that," Bowden said. "We've got one guy we might (lose), but I don't want to share his name."

* Signees Stanley Hunter and Markish Jones will not be playing for the Tigers this year. Hunter is expected to go to a prep school, while Jones will be attending junior college.

* Bowden said he and his staff have come up with 10 freshmen that could see playing time this season.

He said they are the five that enrolled in school back in January, with the others being Kourtnei Brown, Miguel Chavis, Scottie Cooper, Jarvis Jenkins and Marcus Gilchrist. However, Bowden added that he'd like to redshirt offensive tackle Landon Walker if possible.

* Middle linebacker Antonio Clay will begin camp with the second team, while Cortney Vincent is listed with the first team.

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