Monday, September 15, 2003

(UPDATED at 5:22 p.m.)

Whitehurst on road to several school records

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is having a great year so far:

(He's) on pace to break Brandon Streeter's season completion percentage record, ranks 19th in the nation in passing efficiency and is performing up to Clemson's expectations at quarterback.

By completing 23 passes in 28 attempts for 298 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in Clemson's 37-14 victory against Middle Tennessee State, Whitehurst reinforced his reputation as an accurate passer.

He certainly did.

THAT RUNNING GAME: Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, who went with a no-huddle, pass-happy offense in the win against Middle Tennessee State, still wants the running game to become a bigger part of the offense.

CU-GT NOTES: The volumnious pregame notes for Saturday's Georgia Tech game have been posted. Give them a look.

MILLER OUT: All-star defensive back Justin Miller will miss today's practice session after suffering a hip pointer, according to this notebook item from the Greenville News. There was no word on his status for this week's crucial ACC game at Georgia Tech. Speaking of the Tech game, here's a flashback to the 2001 contest in Atlanta, when Woodrow Dantzler accounted for 418 yards of total offense in a 47-44 victory over the Yellowjackets, who were ranked ninth in the country at the time.

ROTATING LINE: The Anderson Independent-Mail leads off its notebook with an item on Clemson making more substitutions on the offensive line to prevent fatigue. There's also a fairly entertaining "conventional wisdom" watch.

THE PUKER TALKS: Clemson center Tommy Sharpe, who gathered some unfortunate attention during the Georgia game for puking on the football, is the subject of this AP story.

PALMETTO STATE FOOTBALL SUCKS: And Georgia is great. That's the thrust of this column by the Augusta Chronicle's Scott Michaux. I hope he realizes that sucess in college football can be fleeting. (Ray Goff, anyone?)

STATS WATCH: Here are Clemson's updated rankings in various NCAA statistical categories. The Tigers are 13th in the nation in kickoff returns, 16th in the nation in pass defense, 38th in passing offense and 43rd in total defense.

Charlie Whitehurst ranks 19th in the NCAA in passing efficiency (good enough for second in the ACC) and 22nd in total offense. Derrick Hamilton is 11th in kickoff returns, and Airese Currie is 23rd in receptions per game and 39th in receiving yards per game.

Additionally, it's worth noting that Clemson has three receivers in the top 10 in the league (so does N.C. State, which leads the nation in passing).

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