Thursday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - Early Thursday afternoon it looked as though Clemson defense could be without the services of another starter for the upcoming Chic-Fil-A Bowl against Auburn.

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DORRELL SCOTT INJURY: Already down at least two defensive starters for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl against 22nd-ranked Auburn, the Tigers were almost without one more after Thursday's practice.

Starting defensive tackle Dorrell Scott suffered a lower abdomen injury and was thought to be out for as long as two weeks.

However in a statement released by Clemson University Thursday afternoon, it was learned after meeting with doctors he just has a strained lower abdominal injury.

He will miss Clemson's final practice on Friday, but will be able to play in the bowl game against Auburn.

"He got hit in the lower abdomen," Sports Information Director Tim Bourret descirbed the injury.

"I hope we can get him back," said head coach Tommy Bowden after practice. "You expect those guys [behind him] to step up but they are second team for a reason. ... Down four starters could put a dent in you real quick."

Clemson is already without the services of both its starting outside linebackers, Tramaine Billie and Nick Watkins due to academics. Also, starting right tackle Chris Capote will miss the bowl game as well.

Scott finished the regular season eighth on the team in total tackles with 50. He also recorded ive tackles for loss and three sacks.

EYE ON AUBURN: Auburn ended practice before Christmas on Tuesday and like Clemson, will meet as a team in Atlanta Christmas night.

"There are several ways to do it," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said about his philosophy on bowl practices. "I think Clemson is going until Friday. We just tried to condense it. We did it like this last year. We did it in a short period of time and we played better. We felt like we were a lot fresher when we got to the bowl site.

"It gives them a lot more time with their families. This should be fun--it shouldn't be something they don't look forward to."

The Tigers from the Plains have been incorporating a new offense into their gameplan with new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin calling the shots.

While Franklin will not call plays in the bowl game, (Tuberville will) he is expected to incorporate more of a spread offense and a quicker pace into Auburn's attack.

QUICK HITS: The team will practice Friday morning for the final time before Christmas before convening in Atlanta 8:00 Christmas night. "We'll have dinner six to 7:45 then have a team meeting at 8 o'clock Christmas night," Bowden said. ... Six players missed Thursday's session for graduation, including All-American tackle Barry Richardson. ... Clemson is allowed 15 total practices before the bowl game but will only use 13. ... Bowden said he is more likely to add in more wrinkles and/or trick plays given the fact the team will practice more times between the last game and the Chic-Fil-A Bowl than what it would during the regular season during a normal week. "We've got more time," he said. ... Bowden also said he has not spoken with his brother Terry about the West Virginia opening.

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