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Tigers Hold Better Practice

Aug. 7, 2004

Clemson, SC – Clemson had what was characterized by Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden as “better practice” on Saturday afternoon on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. It was the second three-hour workout of the preseason for Bowden’s team. The team will take Sunday off for Fan Appreciation Day (3-5 PM) at Death Valley.

“We had a good practice on the first day, but today was better,” said Bowden. “There was some coaching going on out there and I could see improvement from the first day. That was certainly the case with the skill position players, they made some adjustments during skeleton drills and did a good job.”

Bowden said the team continues to show that they are in good condition. Of course the relatively cool climate (80 degrees and low humidity) has helped. “Joey Batson and Larry Greenlee have done a good job from a conditioning standpoint with our team. One player who I must single out is Barry Richardson (freshman offensive tackle). He is over 350 pounds and made every one of his conditioning runs. Some veterans did not. Barry showed me something today.”

Bowden also said his group of running backs had a good day. “The running backs have looked good so far. Yusef Kelly really worked hard in the off season and has played very well. Duane Coleman, Reggie Merriweather and Kyle Browning also have looked good. We have some depth there and it is always a good situation to have strong competition. They will push each other to play better.

“The fullbacks have looked good also. Stephen Jackson is among the hardest working players on the team and Clifford Harrell has dropped some weight and has played very well. There is good competition there also.”

Bowden also said there is strong competition at both kicking positions. Chris Wiksell, a walk-on who has not played in a game, is challenging returning starter Cole Chason, who is coming off an outstanding performance in the Peach Bowl. Jad Dean and Stephen Furr are also battling for the starting placekicker position.