Tigers Begin Two-a-Days

CLEMSON – During the summer, Clemson star tailback James Davis had a decision to make: go home to Atlanta and be with his daughter, friends and family and workout with professional athletes or stay in Clemson and workout with his teammates.

It was an easy choice.

"The coaches asked me to stay here this summer (to be a leader) and I just really stepped up and have been able to do it," he said. "I've got a daughter back at home, but if I want to be able to feed my daughter, I've got to do the right thing right here and stay with my team and just become more aggressive in leadership."

Running backs coach Andre Powell said Davis' decision to stay could have major ramifications for not only this season but for seasons to come.

"For now on, these younger guys are going to have to make that decision on whether to leave or stay and by seeing James stay, maybe they'll think they should stay, too," Powell said.

Being called upon to be one of the leaders of the team isn't the only thing new for Davis. Turns out he and fellow tailback C.J. Spiller have been lining up at quarterback during practice.

"They've got me and C.J. all over the field," Davis said. "We're going to be at wide receiver; we're going to be at tight end; we're even going to be coaches. We're going to try and do whatever we can to get both of us on the field at the same time."

Davis couldn't be happier with his new-found roles on and off the field.

"One of our goals is to be the best tandem (running backs) in the country," Davis said. "They've got us at number two right now and we want to get to that number one spot."

WHO'S HOT: Freshman tight end Brian Linthicum, who has pleasantly surprised tight ends coach Billy Napier with his size, conditioning and practices.

When the freshman arrived on campus, Napier thought he might be well behind the others at his position. But he's doing much better than anticipated. However, he's still way down the depth chart as one might expect.

WHO'S NOT: Sophomore Bandit Ricky Sapp, who has disappointed the coaching staff with his work habits on and off the field, which is one reason why as of now he's slated to play only 40 plays a game.

As one coach said, "He hasn't shown or proven that he can be the guy or that he wants to be."

QUICK HITS: Thursday marked the first two-a-day practice of fall camp. Word from the coaches is that the morning practice was very, very productive. … Head coach Tommy Bowden will address the media after the evening session.

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