The Tigers will be back at practice once on Thursday afternoon as the squad prepares for its season opener against Florida State on September 3.
"Wednesday morning's practice was as good as we have had this
year," said Bowden. "The defense was far ahead of the offense on
Tuesday, but the offense came back strong today, especially in the
offense line. Chris McDuffie has come back strong and we saw a good
performance by Barry Humphries at center this morning.
"But the defense had a good practice as well. As I said, it
was as good a practice as we have had all year."
Bowden said after practice that McDuffie was back at a
first-team guard position. Thomas Austin is the starter at the
other guard, but there is a strong battle there with senior Brandon
The offensive line is still without Christian Capote, who
suffered a shoulder injury on Tuesday. The injury is not serious and
he should be back by next week.
All-ACC running back James Davis missed the afternoon
practice after suffering a shoulder bruise in the morning practice.
He should be back by Saturday's scrimmage. Bowden said he expects
Jamie Cumbie (shoulder) and Landon Walker (knee) to return to
practice early next week. They had surgery last week. Ricky Sapp
(sprained ankle) and Dorell Scott (sprained ankle) are still out, but
should return next week.
Bowden was happy with his team's leadership on Wednesday.
"We had a tough three-hour practice on Tuesday, a practice that ended
at 7:30 PM. We then came back in full pads on Wednesday morning and
they had a terrific practice. That shows there is some leadership
out there. Of course we won't know for sure until we play a game,
see a situation where we are down in the fourth quarter."
Kicker Mark Buchholz had his busiest day of the preseason,
participating in four different practices. He is playing both soccer
and football at the same time, the first Clemson athlete to do that
in 25 years. He practiced with the football team from 9:30 AM until
10:15 AM, then participated in soccer practice from 10:15 AM to 11:15
AM At 3:30 PM he was back at soccer practice for the full two
hours, then returned for the night football practice from 6:00 PM to
He booted a 37-yard field goal at the end of a two-minute drill at
the conclusion of the evening football practice. In the morning
practice he was successful from 34 and 44 yards in his two attempts
against a live rush.
Wednesday Practice Brief
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