Monday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON – Each week there seems to be a new problem identified with the Clemson offensive line. First there was the inexperience, then there the injuries, now it is their character and behavior.

Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden ripped into members of the offensive line following practice Monday night say that they have a long way to go to be like the group last season.

"We don't have a really tough, mean demeanor on the line," he said. "Nathan Bennett, Roman Fry and Dustin Fry, those guys brought a little nasty demeanor to the offensive line. We're a little soft. They must listen to opera or something.

"They're not a very mean group like last year. They've got a completely different personality and they need to work on that. We don't have mean guys. We've got nice guys right now."

Bowden did say that when right guard Thomas Austin returns to the lineup this week that the line will get a little nastier.

"Right now, (Austin) and (right tackle Christian) Capote would be the two meanest guys we've got," Bowden said. "Those are the two guys that are close to last year's group. The rest of them right now have got a little bit of softness to them."

When asked if that was left tackle Barry Richardson's biggest problem, Bowden refused to answer, saying that the only two players he mentioned were Austin and Capote.

SoCon, Part 2: Alright, let's not kid ourselves. The odds of Furman beating Clemson Saturday afternoon are probably 100 to one.

That's probably part of the reason why Bowden hasn't harped too much on what happened with Furman's rival Appalachian State and the monumental upset it had over Michigan two weeks ago.

"I brought out the Sports Illustrated today, the one that's got them on the front," Bowden said. "I talked about it, but I probably won't talk about it again. They know what they've got to do. … It's so much who you play, it's how you play."

QUICK HITS: The team worked on fundamentals today with the sleds and will go in full pads on Tuesday, with plenty of hitting. … Bowden called freshman tight end Brian Linthicum a "pleasant surprise."

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