When redshirt freshman Dwayne Allen spoke out loud about his lack of being used in spring practice, his position coach, Danny Pearman, said it was just a young man making an honest mistake when it comes to handling the media.
"It was a learning opportunity for him," Clemson's offensive tackles and
tight ends coach said. "He wasn't sure. He was caught at the end of
practice. That's just kind of where we are."
Pearman, who said he was unaware of Allen's feelings, said he has since
talked to Allen and got him to understand that there is a better way of
handling things when he is feeling unappreciated.
"I wasn't interested in making Dwayne Allen feel any better," Pearman
said. "Dwayne Allen needs to understand just like all these kids need to
understand. If they have problems with our offense or problems with
anything, then they need to go to the people that can solve their
"The media can't solve their problem. That's at every level. That's high
school, that's college, that's pro."
Allen reportedly was unhappy with the way he was used this past spring. He
thought more of the offense was going to put in place for him and the
other tight ends than it was, and he was concerned about what that meant
for him this fall.
That's where Pearman wishes the 6-foot-3, 245-pound freshman would have
come and talked to him about his concerns before talking to someone else.
If he would have done that, then there may not have been an issue in the
"I never knew he felt that way. He never expressed that to me," Pearman
Pearman says spring is so chopped up with working a phase of the game one
day and then another the next and then working on the regular offense the
next day and then maybe the two-minute offense the next, that it's too
hard to focus on each individual tight end.
"Dwayne is a good kid and he is really going to be an outstanding talent,"
Pearman said. "Spring is so chopped up anyway. It is so segmented
sometimes that it is too hard to put it all together in that stretch."
Despite Allen's cries, his coach thought the Fayetteville, N.C. native had
a very good spring. Allen did catch a 14-yard scoring pass from Kyle
Parker in the spring's first major scrimmage and Pearman felt he made
"I wasn't disappointed in Dwayne's spring practice at all. I think he had
a good spring practice," Pearman said. "He has a long way to go in
(learning) the offense. He needs to learn more of his job. The more of the
job he knows, the better he is going to be and right now I don't think he
knows quite as much as the rest of them."
The two tight ends ahead of Allen on the depth chart, both seniors by the
way, ended the spring with a bang as Michael Palmer caught a spring-game
high five catches for 86 yards, including a 38-yarder from Willy Korn,
while Durrell Berry caught three passes for 29 yards, including a 3-yard
score from Parker.
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