Thursday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON – Despite starting right offensive tackle Christian Capote getting some small amount of work at right guard because of all the injuries, Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott said don't expect the redshirt senior to switch positions.

But then he added anything is possible.

With starting guard Thomas Austin questionable with a sprained ankle and his backup, Brandon Pilgrim, questionable because of a bad elbow, the Tigers were forced to play fourth-string guard Bobby Hutchinson the entire second half against Florida State.

Thus, Capote is getting some work at the guard spot just incase Hutchinson can't get the job done.

"I think some of my tackles might be further along than some of my guards, so I just want to make sure Capote can play inside," Scott said. "That gives me a chance to play Cory Lambert or Chris Hairston (at tackle) if I needed to do that. I don't expect to start Capote (at guard), but I might get him a series in there at guard. I don't know. We'll just have to see how it works out."

Scott said Pilgrim is expecting a special brace for his elbow, but that it hasn't arrived yet. And even if it does arrive, he still may not play. Head coach Tommy Bowden said it would probably be a game-time decision.

If by some chance he and Austin can't play, then Scott will have a decision to make on who to start at guard.

"I'm not going to make that decision today," Scott said. "I think we've got another day yet."

If Capote does start at guard, then Lambert would start at tackle. His backup is Jamal Medlin.

O-LINE REVIEW: After watching the game film from Monday night, Scott liked some things he saw out of his linemen and disliked others. It was a middle of the road performance in his mind.

"I thought we had our moments, but we also had some times where we allowed far too much penetration in there," he said. "I was overall pleased. I think we played hard, but I don't think we finished off blocks as well as we could."

Scott was also pretty concerned about all the holding penalties late in the game.

But as far as individual performances, Scott said redshirt sophomore center Barry Humphries played like the rest of the line, some good and some bad.

He also said that Humphries played as well as any sophomore center has under him in his first game.

As for All-American left tackle Barry Richardson, Scott said he expects more out of his star. He said Richardson played "OK."

QUICK HITS: There were no new injuries in practice Thursday night. … The team will have an extended walk-through Friday. …

Bowden said he learned his lesson from a year ago by not passing the ball in blowouts, which he believes hurt his team offensively late in the year because the quarterback didn't get enough game reps.

"I definitely wouldn't do that again," Bowden said. "I'd go to prepare to win the rest of my games and I wouldn't worry about the game I was playing. … I learned a lesson. At least I'll know in my mind that if I do (pass) and we still can't do it (late in the year), that ain't the reason."

Expect passing to continue throughout any blowouts this year, Bowden said.

"If I would ever be fortunate enough to have another game where I get ahead, yes (I will throw)," he said.

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