The Tigers are preparing to meet Alabama in the season opener at The Georgia Dome on Saturday night, August 30.
The Tuesday morning scrimmage completed preseason camp for the
Tigers, who are in their 10th season under Head Coach Tommy Bowden. Bowden
held out many of his starters on offense and defense.
"We held out a lot of our starters today, so we had some
inconsistency," said Bowden. "But that was no excuse for some of the
mistakes that were made. We had some bad snaps, some offsides penalties.
Some of our upperclassmen weren¹t there today mentally and we will have to
The Tigers will now have Wednesday off, the first day of school.
Thursday the team will be back at practice in full preparation for Alabama.
"We will meet as a staff and gameplan all day on Wednesday. Over the next
day we will go over the depth chart and make some personnel decisions," Bowden said.
Harper had a strong scrimmage with his 12-of-14 completion
percentage. He enters this year as Clemson¹s career leader in that
category. He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to freshman Andre Ellington,
who broke a couple of tackles to get to the end zone. Harper completed his
first 10 passes for the scrimmage.
Willy Korn completed 7-of-14 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
He threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Akeem Robinson.
The top receiver of the scrimmage was Marquan Jones, who had
three catches for 41 yards, including a 33-yard reception from Harper.
Nelson Faerber and Brandon Clear also had three catches apiece.
Paul Macko was the top rusher with two carries for 20 yards.
Rendrick Taylor had 6-16 rushing. James Davis had just one rush for 11
yards and C.J. Spiller had 2-9 and caught one pass. Neither played after
the first possession.
The defense forced three turnovers, a fumble recovery by Andre
Branch, an interception by Rashard Hall and an interception by Crezdon
Butler. Hall, a first-year freshman, made a diving interception, then kept
his balance for a 15-yard return. The top tackler in the scrimmage was Byron
Maxwell with five tackles.
Tigers Scrimmage Tuesday
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