Tigers Wrap Up First Practice

Tommy Bowden and the Clemson Tigers completed their first practice in Orlando earlier this morning. Here are the latest quotes from Coach Bowden regarding practice this week and other notes from Tangerine Bowl.

On the start of practice in Orlando
Bowden: We just had a light workout this morning. This afternoon we'll be in pads, so there will probably be a little more intensity. We don't want to play the game on the practice fields. We'll be down here for more than a week, so we have to pace ourselves in our preparation. Anytime you're practicing twice a day, you have to be careful not to hurt your legs. Especially when you play a type of team like Texas Tech, that likes to throw the ball around, you need to be sprinting around on the field.

On running ability of QB Charlie Whitehurst
Bowden: Charlie has pretty good running skills. He moves around in the pocket, going east and west, but he's not Woody (Dantzler) or the kid at Iowa State (Seneca Wallace) or the kid at Iowa (Brad Banks). He had a good run at South Carolina (in Clemson's last game), but he's looking to throw first.

On four players (DeJuan Polk, Tony Elliott, Matt Watson, Nick Black) graduating this week
Bowden: We'll fly them up for the ceremony, so they won't be here on Friday. The NCAA allows you to do that. That will give us 12 guys on the team with their degrees. I've never been around anything like that before. I've been around teams with a walk-on that had his degree, or a third-team guy, but nothing like this. Most of those 12 guys are starters and playing for us. I think that says a lot for the job Joe White and the Student-Athlete Enrichment office does.

On difference between bowl game in Orlando and Boise
Bowden: I think the weather helps. It makes it easier to have fun at practice and it helps the effort. When you're a skill player, it's no fun running around with ski hats and gloves and sweaters, trying to make plays.

On balance of fun and work during bowl week
Bowden: The players know that when it's time to go to work, we need to work. After the whistle blows and we head back to the hotel, they can have a good time. We'll give them some free time, but when we come out here (to practice) we need to work.

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