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Tigers Work Extra in Practice

Aug. 20, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson had its first weather delay of the fall practice on Friday. The Tigers were delayed about 30 minutes, due to a thunder and hail storm in the Clemson area that hit about 4:00 PM. But, Clemson made up the time by going about 30 minutes longer than anticipated.

“I didn’t even want to come back out here after the rain, it was so cool,” said Bowden, who has welcomed the hot weather conditions for his team during the fall. “

Bowden released a depth chart on Friday. He has four running backs listed with Javis Austin the starter and three rookies serving as tied for second team. “I really am not comfortable at this time at running back. Javis is the leader, but the other three are inexperienced.”

Brandon Streeter and Woodrow Dantzler continue to be listed as co-starters at quarterback. Bowden lists co-starters at the two wide receiver position. Many times the Tigers could start four wide receivers, so all four are listed. The top wide receivers are returning starters Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer, plus Rod Gardner and Jackie Robinson. Robinson is the only one who has not played in a game.

On defense, Clemson does not list an upperclassman among the top seven linebackers. All players listed are freshmen and sophomores. Chard Carson, Braxton K. Williams and Keith Adams are the starters at the three linebacker positions and all three are sophomores. The first-year freshmen on the depth chart are Brian Mance at second-team cornerback, Nick Black at second-team right tackle, and Rodney Thomas at second team middle linebacker. Bernard Rambert and Chad Jasmin are considered tied for second team at tailback.

All will get further evaluation after Saturday’s scrimmage. “Tomorrow we will look to see quarterbacks who can lead a team to touchdowns. We want to see what offensive linemen can keep the defense out of the backfield. We want to see what defensive players are going to be aggressive and sack the quarterback and cause turnovers.”

Bowden said many of the injured players returned in a limited capacity and should see even more action on Saturday. Brady Washburn, out with pneumonia since Monday of this week, could see some action on Saturday. Gary Byrd, who had missed most of the week with a foot injury, was back at practice. Starting defensive tackle Damonte McKenzie returned in a limited capacity, as did Will Merritt.

CLEMSON OFFENSE

Pos.  # Player            Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp.LT   73 T.J. WATKINS      6-3  260 *So. 1VL     77 Brady Washburn    6-6  265 *Fr.  RSLG   61 AKIL SMITH        6-4  270  So. 1VL     79 Gary Byrd         6-4  300 *Fr.  RSC    59 KYLE YOUNG        6-3  265 *So. 1VL     51 Brian Outlaw      6-2  245  Jr.  SQRG   50 WILL MERRITT      6-3  255 *So.  SQ     60 Theo Mougros      6-2  265 *Jr. 2VLRT   67 JOHN MCDERMOTT    6-6  280 *Jr. 1VL     74 Nick Black        6-5  260  Fr.  HSTE   89 JASON LEMAY       6-4  240 *Fr.  RS     13 Pat Cyrgalis      6-1  240 *Fr.  RSWR   84 MAL LAWYER        5-11 185  Sr. 3VL  or 23 ROD GARDNER       6-3  220 *Jr. 2VLQB   14 BRANDON STREETER  6-3  195 *Gr. 2VL  or  1 WOODROW DANTZLER  5-11 200 *So. 1VLTB    5 JAVIS AUSTIN      5-11 210  Jr. 2VL     10 Chad Jasmin       5-10 215  Fr.  HS  or 24 Shawn Crawford    5-10 180 *Jr.  HS  or 20 Bernard Rambert   6-0  190  Fr.  HSFB   26 TERRY WITHERSPOON 5-11 255  Sr. 2VL     36 Vince Ciurciu     6-0  225  So. 1VLWR   25 BRIAN WOFFORD     6-0  170  Sr. 3VL  or 82 JACKIE ROBINSON   6-1  190 *Fr.  RS

CLEMSON DEFENSE

Pos.  # Player              Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp.DE   99 GARY CHILDRESS      6-3  265 *Jr. 2VL     98 Nick Eason          6-4  250 *Fr.  RSDT   92 TERRY JOLLY         6-2  285  Jr. 2VL     76 Jason Holloman      6-3  280 *Jr. 2VLDT   35 DAMONTE MCKENZIE    6-2  275 *Sr. 3VL     95 Jovon Bush          6-4  290 *So. 1VLDE   93 TERRY BRYANT        6-4  270 *Jr. 2VL     91 Bryant McNeal       6-4  235 *Fr.  RSSLB  48 BRAXTON K. WILLIAMS 6-2  205  So. 1VL     49 Kenzi Ross          6-2  215  Jr. 2VL  or 42 Altroy Bodrick      6-0  210  So. 1VLMLB  46 CHAD CARSON         6-3  230  So. 1VL     41 Rodney Thomas       6-0  215  Fr.  HSWLB  43 KEITH ADAMS         5-11 215  So. 1VL     32 J.J. McKelvey       6-3  205  Fr.  HSCB   28 ALEX ARDLEY         5-10 170 *So. 1VL     30 Darrel Crutchfield  6-0  180  Jr. 2VLSS   12 DOMARCO FOX         6-1  185  Sr. 3VL     40 Charles Hafley      6-1  195 *So. 1VLFS    9 ROBERT CARSWELL     6-0  220  Jr. 2VL     31 Chad Speck          6-0  210  Jr. 2VLCB   34 DEXTRA POLITE       5-11 185 *Sr. 2VL      3 Brian Mance         5-11 180  Fr.  HS

CLEMSON SPECIALISTS

Pos.  # Player              Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp.PK   38 CHRIS CAMPBELL      6-0  205 *Jr.  SQ     39 Tony Lazzara        5-9  185 *Fr.  RSP    38 RYAN ROMANO         5-10 175 *Jr.  SQ     24 Jamie Somaini       6-1  230 *Jr.  SQ

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