Monday Practice Notes

With temperatures finally climbing out of the 30s, the Clemson football team went through its second practice of the spring on Monday afternoon.

Head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice the atmosphere was better Monday than Saturday due to the warmer temperatures and his upperclassmen.

"There's a good enthusiasm right now," he said. "You've got a lot of older guys, and I talked to them after practice. If they just stay humble and aspire for great things, I think they'll have a chance to accomplish for some pretty good things."

Part of that enthusiasm revolves around the Tigers' increased emphasis on special teams, with assistant coach Andre' Powell taking over as the first special teams coordinator during the Bowden era.

"I kind of like what we're doing with kicking so far," he said. "It's a little bit different and a little bit more, but I'm probably going to do this for at least half the spring and see how much progress we make."

TROPHY SMASHED: The Crystal Waterford Trophy for the Tigers' 1981 national championship was accidentally smashed by a photographer last Saturday at the WestZone at Memorial Stadium.

This, however, was not the trophy Clemson received the night of its 22-15 victory over Nebraska on Jan. 2, 1982. Like other schools around the country, Clemson had this trophy made several years ago for display purposes in recruiting, as today's BCS championships are awarded the recognizable trophy.

The trophy was insured, and will be replaced in the near future.

SPILLER OUT LATER THIS WEEK: Clemson running back C.J. Spiller will miss practice for the rest of the week to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday and Saturday.

Expectations will be high for Spiller at the event, as he ran the year's national-best 60-meter dash with a time of 6.58 seconds last month.

PARKER'S FIRST PRACTICE: True freshman QB Kyle Parker participated in his first practice of spring after missing Saturday's opener.

Parker is playing two sports at Clemson and was playing baseball in Winston-Salem, N.C. against Wake Forest.

"It was good," Parker said of his first day. "I'm learning the plays and stuff, the signals, and learning where everyone's going. I've still got some things to take care of and things to get used to. I'm kind of struggling juggling both sports, but I'm getting used to it."

Parker, wearing No. 11, did anything but struggle on the baseball diamond this weekend. In game three against the Deacons he hit three home runs and went 5-for-5 in helping lead Clemson to a 12-11 come-from-behind win. Top Stories