Practice report: Spiller expected to sit out for hamstring

October 13, 2008 

Clemson could use a running quarterback Saturday against Georgia Tech because its most dynamic running back figures to be on the shelf.

Sophomore C.J. Spiller is expected to sit out because of a pulled hamstring, senior backfield mate James Davis said.

Davis said Spiller is concerned about the severity of the injury because team doctors have yet to give him a firm timetable for return.

“I’m kind of scared, too, because it’s been a long time since I haven’t had him out there with me,” Davis said.

Also, the Tigers will be without yet another starting offensive linemen but are hopeful they might get another back.

Cory Lambert, who moved from tackle to start at left guard at Wake Forest, is out at least this week with a foot sprain. He might return for the Boston College game after Clemson’s bye week, line coach Brad Scott said.

On the flip side, junior Barry Humphries — out since the season opener with a partially torn ACL — will practice in pads today to determine if he can possibly play Saturday.

Stock rising

Jamie Harper. With Spiller possibly sidelined, the powerful freshman running back could have a greater role in Clemson’s game plan.

Stock falling

Cullen Harper. Given his stature coming into the season, it is hard to imagine him relegated to second-string practice snaps.

Quote of the day

“He played two plays. I told him I could get somebody out of the stands to give me two plays.”

— Scott, on Lambert, who was injured in the first series at Wake Forest.

Injury report

Redshirt freshman left guard David Smith remains out with a high ankle sprain. Redshirt freshman guard Mason Cloy is day-to-day with a sprained knee.

Scouting report

There is no mistake who Georgia Tech’s primary receiving threat is. Demaryius Thomas leads the Yellow Jackets with 18 catches for 359 yards and two touchdowns. The second-leading receiver, Tyler Melton, has five catches for 53 yards. Two others have two catches.

— Paul Strelow

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