It was a misunderstanding

CLEMSON - As it turned out, it was all just a big misunderstanding.

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 problems.

"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 first place.

"I never knew he felt that way. He never expressed that to me," Pearman said.

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 progress throughout.

"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. Top Stories