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Clemson Sat. Scrimmage


Clemson Sat. Scrimmage

Here is update on Clemson Saturday's scrimmage game:

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Clemson Sat. Scrimmage

And here is another article about their #18 Ranking to start the season:


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Clemson Sat. Scrimmage

Here is another article concerning their scrimmage game:

Bowden discouraged by fumbles, penalties

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 6:00 am

By Ed McGranahan
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CLEMSON – After its toughest stretch of practice – "our hell week," said center Dustin Fry – the Clemson football team wasn't crisp during a scrimmage Saturday under wilting heat in Death Valley.

Coaches complained about mistakes that push their hot buttons – fumbles, penalties and general brain freeze.

"We've been very procedurally sound since I've been here," said offensive coordinator Rob Spence. "Today, we went offside quite a bit, we turned the ball over a bit and that's not good.

"It's not like us."

Fry and quarterback Will Proctor said it might be discouraging if they hadn't practiced well during the week, twice several days.

"We're happy we didn't have to play today," Proctor said. "We've got two weeks to fine tune and do some touchup work."

Proctor threw an interception on the first scrimmage play then completed 16 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The three quarterbacks combined for 38 of 51 for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

While he believed the offense and defense were "pretty much on level ground today" after the defense held the edge a week ago, coach Tommy Bowden said the penalties and fumbles were discouraging.

"When you can't do that two weeks before Game One, it doesn't send a very good signal that the team's very attentive," he said.

Coaches looked at a number of personnel combinations on both sides, so seldom were the true first-team offense and defense in tact, and Fry said many of the penalties by the offensive line were by inexperienced players.

Linebacker Nick Watkins said much the same about the defense, although he couldn't fault the effort. "People are trying to get to the ball, trying to make plays," he said.

Spence said he "wanted to put the quarterbacks in positions where they had to throw the ball a fair amount, so they completed passes to 16 different receivers – including walk-ons Philip Ashe and Nelson Faerber – and the leading rusher for the second straight Saturday was redshirt freshman Demerick Chancellor.

"I wanted to continue to look at some different people at different positions," Spence said. "We didn't have all of the 11 out there that we're going to play with right now."

Freshmen Michael Palmer at tight end and Jeremy Campbell at strongside linebacker continue to be among the most pleasant surprises and are likely to have significant roles this season.

"He's got a great feel for the game," said Proctor of Palmer. "He's definitely surprising a lot of people, including myself."

Watkins said Campbell "is going to be a beast."

"He's big, he can run, he's got range, he's physical," he said.

Fry said he was confident in the progress of the younger players on whom coaches are depending for line depth.

"A lot of those guys have never played in a college game and it's been two years since their last high school game," he said. "They've come a long way in two weeks."

Spence allowed that the malaise Saturday might be attributable to fatigue.

"I know we're tired," he said. "It's hard to scrimmage the same people day in and day it."

Still, Proctor said he "felt better" than he did a week ago.

"It seems like everyone is clicking," he said.

Offensive and defensive leaders from Clemson's scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.

RUSHING: Demerick Chancellor 6-87 TD, Paul Macko 7-34, James Davis 7-27, C.J. Spiller 5-23 and Reggie Merriweather 3-4

PASSING: Will Proctor 16-20 185 2 TD, Cullen Harper 14-21 82, Tribble Reese 8-10 58

RECEIVING: Jacoby Ford 6-32, Nelson Faerber 5-32, Philip Ashe 4-32. Michael Palmer 3-26, Alex Pearson 3-25, Thomas Hunter 2-33, C.J. Spiller 2-25

TACKLES: Nick Watkins 6, Roy Walter, 4, C.J. Gaddis 4

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Clemson Sat. Scrimmage

I was reading on one one of their message boards that a starting senior linebacker, Tramaine Billie, just broke his ankle last week and could redshirt. Any injuries will help us out a little
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