Bowl practice also time to experiment
CLEMSON -- For Clemson, bowl practice is a time to prepare for South Florida, a time to develop players and a time to experiment.
Next season, Clemson will have a logjam at running back and wide receiver, with several offensive skill players redshirting and a 2011 recruiting class arriving that is rich in backs and receivers.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said the Tigers are considering moving Victor Beasley from tight end to linebacker and wide receiver Brandon Clear is working with defensive backs. But Swinney indicated no other position switches are in order -- yet. There is some speculation players like redshirt freshman running back Demont Buice could be in line for a position change.
"We'll evaluate all our personnel," Swinney said. "That's something you always do as a coach: looking at what you've got, experimenting. (Beasley) could be one you experiment with. Spring is also a time to do that. Vic has the ability to play either side of ball. We have to get guys in the right spots."
Massive freshman offensive linemen Kalon Davis is ahead of schedule in recovering from his back surgery, according to Swinney. Davis had surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back.
"He's doing really good, really, really good," Swinney said. "I'd say he is way ahead of schedule. He looks good physically and he is moving around really well. He's got a smile on his face. He's really doing well."
Inside or outside?
Clemson has had preliminary designs drawn for an indoor practice facility, according to Tigerillustrated.com. Swinney has desired an indoor practice facility since taking over as head coach. The Tigers use Clemson's indoor track facility when weather is not conducive to practice outdoors.
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Swinney is juggling bowl practice with recruiting visits this week. What is he saying to recruits after a 6-6 season?
"Big picture," Swinney said. "Since January of '09, I've talked about all the things we have gotten in place, our system is working, our process is working, the things we have spent the most time on are working. "We have spent hours upon hours on our recruiting process, how we wanted to do business, how we wanted to evaluate. The whole deal A to Z, setting things up from a support staff standpoint … it's working. That's why you can have a disappointing season and still a have a recruiting class like we have. This place is bigger than one season."
Clemson's 2011 class ranks fifth in the nation, according to Rivals.com.