Tommy Bowden: Clemson a Beat Up Football Team
Tommy Bowden a tad less entertaining than his father, which was expected. Tommy called his Clemson team a “very beat up football team,” especially after more players got banged up in practice this week. When asked to elaborate on the latest injuries, Bowden said he would not because “you can scheme people if we identify them early.” He said he would meet with his sports information director and decide how to release the information. I scribbled these sentences down in my spiral notebook with particular interest.
Bowden said his team “didn’t show up” against Alabama in the opener. Seems like that happens at least once a year with Bowden’s squad at Clemson. But it also happened with Maryland this season at Middle Tennessee State.
Bowden said his No. 1 priority is to stop Maryland’s running game because Da’Rel Scott is the nation’s fifth-leading rusher. “Got to make them one-dimensional,” Bowden said.
Bowden also really raved about Darrius Heyward-Bey. Now, coaches and reporters rave about opposing players each week, you know how that is, and some people can make someone like Cal’s Jahvid Best seem like the second-coming of Reggie Bush, which is off base. But Bowden’s praise of Heyward-Bey seemed sincere. He said when he hears from pro scouts, the one receiver they talk most about in the conference is Heyward-Bey. Bowden said Heyward-Bey is a lot more polished this season. He can accelerate better in and out of cuts. He has good “body lean and body mannerisms.”
Simple question: How good is Heyward-Bey right now? Only one of the best WR in the league? The best? One of the best in the country?
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