Originally created 04/09/06

Gilliam's 3 picks lead way in Clemson's scrimmage



CLEMSON, S.C. - Sergio Gilliam stole the show at Clemson's annual spring game Saturday with three interceptions.

His teammates on the White squad added two more picks to beat the Orange team, 24-14.

It was the first time head coach Tommy Bowden had divided his team evenly for the spring game.

"I liked the competitive atmosphere we had today, and as long as we have the depth, I would like to continue to divide the teams for the spring game in the future," Bowden said.

Starting wide receivers Aaron Kelly and Chansi Stuckey missed the game because of injury.

Senior guard Brandon Pilgrim also missed the game because his parents and grandparents were injured in a car accident on their way to the game. They were taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, but their conditions were unavailable Saturday night.

Defense dominated the game as the two teams combined for 380 yards in the 48-minute game.

Antonio Clay and Jermaine Martin each had six tackles, including two sacks apiece. A sack was recorded when a defensive player touched the quarterback.

Fullback Alex Pearson caught the only touchdown pass for the White team - nine yards from Cullen Harper, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards.

Paul Macko was the top ball carrier in the game with 66 yards on 12 rushes, including a touchdown.

On the longest play of the day, Rendick Taylor turned a short screen from quarterback Tribble Reese into a 97-yard scoring pass. Taylor finished with 174 yards on four catches.

Starting quarterback Will Proctor struggled Saturday, hitting just four of nine passes for 73 yards and three interceptions.