Practice doesn't make perfect


Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 11:06 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen believes practice indicates how a team will play on Saturdays. That theory hasn't held up this year.
"From my standpoint, it's kind of weird and bizarre the way that in practice we do things for the most part right. Come game time, for whatever reason, things just don't go the way we practiced them," he said.
The No. 25 Volunteers (4-3, 1-3) will try to avoid a three-game losing streak Saturday when they visit South Carolina (5-3, 3-2). The Gamecocks haven't beaten Tennessee since 1992. The Vols' offense has struggled in nearly every phase - offensive line, running back, receiver and even quarterback with Clausen missing a game with a shoulder injury.
Despite criticism aimed at the coaches, Clausen believes the results ultimately fall on the players.
"Everybody has been talking bad about the play-calling, but the last time I checked the players are the ones playing on the field, not the coaches," he said. "Coaches put us in a position to be successful and sometimes we'll have the best play called you can have and for whatever reason we're just not executing."
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina State running back Derek Watson has been reinstated to the team and coach Buddy Pough said he expects the senior to play Saturday against Delaware State.
    Watson, who missed four games during the suspension, got more good news Thursday when his latest court hearing was postponed. He was supposed to appear before Municipal Judge Matt Hawley, but Hawley granted a defense lawyer's request to indefinitely delay the hearing.
    Prosecutors had requested the hearing to determine whether Watson's arrest on traffic violations near Columbia a month ago put him in contempt of the sentence he received after he was convicted on a simple possession of marijuana charge in March.
    Watson was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but Hawley suspend the sentence as long as the former South Carolina and Palmetto High School football star completed 240 hours of community service and stayed out of trouble.
    "Everybody has been talking bad about the play-calling, but the last time I checked the players are the ones playing on the field."
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