Tuesday Practice Insider

CLEMSON – Just about every day it seems that at least one freshman is at the top of Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden's list for superlatives. Tuesday night was no different.

The name that he brought up with much pleasure this time was that of massive defensive Jarvis Jenkins, which is getting to be a common thing for the freshmen class.

In Monday drills where the first-team defensive line went against the first-team offensive line, Jenkins stood out, even when double-teamed by star offensive tackle Barry Richardson and senior guard Chris McDuffie.

On Tuesday, he got into a fight with an unnamed offensive lineman, and apparently he did well in that, too.

"I don't know (who he got in fight with)," Bowden said. "Jarvis swallowed him up."

And Bowden couldn't be more pleased.

"He's got a little fight and bite to him, which I didn't know," he said of Jenkins. "Those big guys like that are kind of jovial, you don't know much about their personality. You want to see them compete."

But the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Clemson native isn't the only freshman performing well on defense. Bowden said all of the freshmen linemen have "jumped off the radar."

"It was good to see (Jenkins) and some of those other freshmen defensive players stand out in some drills against our offense," he said. "It looks like more of them have a pretty good bite to them."

WHO'S HOT: The freshmen along the defensive line. This is starting to become redundant, but when Bowden, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and defensive line coach Chris Rumph gush and praise them constantly, it's hard not continuously make note of it.

WHO'S NOT: Whichever unknown offensive lineman had the misfortune of getting into a fight with Jenkins.

QUICK HITS: Bowden said that DeAndre McDaniel produced a massive hit in practice. That shouldn't come as a surprise since he led the spring in big hits. … According to Bowden, the tight ends are having a good fall camp thus far. … Bowden said that it's way too early to draw any conclusions on how the quarterbacks are playing. He said the picture will become much clearer when the teams start going through 11-on-11 drills. … Contact drills start Wednesday in full pads. … Brandon and Byron Clear's father was just shipped to Iraq.

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