Sunday, August 17, 2003

Training camp: Weekend update

The Tigers held a 120-play scrimmage in Death Valley on Saturday. The standout player of the day was running back Chad Jasmin, who rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries. Jasmin may be working his way into a starting job. Additionally, the first-team offense did not commit a turnover.

And this line from the Anderson Independent Mail story is especially good news: "One longtime Clemson football observer said it was the hardest he had seen the team work under Bowden."

KELLY & REESE: This notebook from The State provides an update on running back Yusef Kelly, who reported to training camp a little overweight. It seems his mind has been occupied; he's an expectant father.

Also, freshman cornerback Robert Reese has been cleared to practice by the NCAA. Reese's academic record was in question. Here's the good news:

Reese's arrival means junior college transfer Brian Staley was the only one of Clemson's 18 signees who failed to qualify for his scholarship.

Clemson did a lot better than some of its ACC brethren in this regard.

QUESTIONS ABOUND: The Charleston Post and Courier asks five of them about Clemson's upcoming season, and Ken Tysiac keeps answering the ones from Clemson fans.

SIMMONS SETTLES: Former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons scrimmaged with The Citadel Saturday. Congratulations, Willie. It's not the best outcome, but at least you'll get a chance to play this year. And, I noticed that the Bulldogs have nine starters returning on offense. It could be an exciting season in Charleston.

GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS: IPTAY is leaning on members to contribute more to the athletic department. Yeah, that ought to go over well, considering that the Tigers sold fewer season tickets this season than they did last year.

THANKS FOR THE LINK: I'd like to give a shout out to the Backcountry Conservative for adding me to his perma-links. I'll gladly reciprocate.

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