The Washington Times - September 24, 2008, 12:29PM

Oh, football coaches. You can be such teases!

Here was the main snippet from Clemson coach Tommy Bowden’s opening statement today:

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“Right now we’re a very beat-up football team,” Bowden said.

When asked later to elaborate on it, Bowden demurred for what amounted to competitive reasons. Of course.

Coy doesn’t necessarily mean deceitful, so there’s no reason to think Bowden is offering some vague misdirection.

As for what he thinks the Tigers need to do, it is pretty simple: Slow down Da’Rel Scott. That’s also while paying heed to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

“You have to be careful,” Bowden said. “There’s ways to do it. We played the guy at Georgia Tech [Calvin Johnson] a couple times. We have a plan. I know when we prepared against other top-notch receivers, you have to avoid taking attention away from the running game, which Ralph Friedgen takes a lot of pride in.”

So both coaches believe containing the other team’s run game will be crucial. With Scott, James Davis and C.J. Spiller all running around, that’s probably not an inaccurate way to look at things.

Patrick Stevens