BOWDEN: Tigers Need to be Hungry

CLEMSON - Why is Tiger Woods on the front page of CUTigers.com? Maybe it's because Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talked about Tiger extensively with his team on Wednesday.

It's not often you hear the name Tiger Woods brought up at a football practice, but that's exactly who Tommy Bowden mentioned to his team Wednesday.

Bowden said the Tigers should look to the world's best golfer, and arguably top athlete in any sport in hopes of learning how to get better each and every day.

And that means even during the grind that can be spring practice.

"The biggest thing with this team is staying hungry and we need guys with a pretty good desire to get better everyday. We've kind of been using Tiger Woods as an analogy. That joker goes out there every day to get better, chipping, putting or driving every single day. That's why he's so good. These guys need to have a little bit of that in them every single day."

Bowden also compared the final round of a golf tournament, when Tiger always wears a red shirt, to his team's first scrimmage of spring practice Thursday night.

Tiger typically wears a red shirt during the final round of a PGA tournament to show power.

"He only wears the red shirt on Sunday and tomorrow is a red shirt day [for us]. I asked the team, 'do you know what color shirt Tiger wears on Sundays?' Only one guy didn't get it- Scotty Cooper."

BIG COLLISIONS WEDNESDAY: Bowden commented on two big collisions in his team's third spring practice Wednesday.

One came from redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Maye, while the other came from converted running back Sadat Chambers, who is now playing as a safety.

"Brandon Maye knocked [Terrence] Ashe out of half of practice with a possible concussion," Bowden said. "But he came back out there.

"Sadat had a real good hit on Brandon Clear. So it was him and Maye today."

MARQUAN WILL PLAY: Freshman wide receiver Marquan Jones, who was playing high school football just four months ago, is already making an impression on his head coach.

"He'll probably play next year," said Bowden. "He's one of those six guys coming in early. He's not as hesitant as some of these other guys. Jeff Scott [had him at Blythewood] so it's similar terminology, similar formations. "He can show out a little bit more because he knows what he's doing. It's not a real sharp practice right now but his skills stand out."

Bowden also said he was pleased with Marquan's physical stature. When asked if Jones reminded him of a young Chansi Stuckey, he said, yes, but "he's bigger."

QUICK HITS: Bowden said Jacquez McKissic was moved to offense to help the team and also to give him a chance to play at the next level. ... Freshman quarterback Kyle Parker left practice 15 minutes early to play in Clemson's baseball game against UNC-Greensboro. He got into the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, grounding out to second base. ... The Tigers will practice one more time before spring break - a Thursday night scrimmage in Death Valley. ... Clemson will hold its annual Pro Day Friday afternoon.

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