The first two-a-day practice was slated for Thursday, but because of the excessive heat, Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden had local fire trucks show and hose down the players on the field. He then called off the remainder of practice and summoned everyone to the West Endzone Club to watch a movie and eat popcorn.
"I'd seen a couple of pro teams change their schedule in the preseason recently," Bowden said. "Sometimes change is good. We are in the middle of eight consecutive days of practice, the only time we will do that. I thought we needed a change.
"I saw where the New Orleans Saints went to a water park to break up the monotony. We don't have a water park near Clemson, so I brought the water to the team at the practice fields. This team has done everything we have asked of them so far. Cutting down the number of two-a-day practices, drinking water, taking breaks in practice … (legendary Alabama coach) Bear Bryant must be turning over in his grave."
Friday night was relatively easy on the team, as it only practiced two hours due to the team's long and hard scrimmage slated for Saturday morning. During that scrimmage, Bowden is most interested to see how the kicking looks, as well as the top two quarterbacks and running back Sadat Chambers.
Bowden said he might take it easy on star tailbacks James Davis and C.J. Spiller so he can get a better look at Chambers, who was moved to the position a week ago.
Friday morning's practice saw freshman linebacker Brandon Maye, as well as freshmen defensive linemen Jarvis Jenkins and Kourtnei Brown stand out.
The two linemen stood out so much, which has been a regular occurrence, that Bowden said he expects a freshman will end up being the fifth defensive tackle.
On the injury front, defensive end Kwam Williams didn't practice and wore a boot cast due to a sprained foot. He may be able to scrimmage Saturday, but it's not certain. Also, defensive tackle Miguel Chavis has a hip flexor and didn't practice.
On a side note, Bowden said he expects everyone to qualify academically.
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