Originally created 12/28/96

Peach Bowl notebook - LSU back has all angles covered



ATLANTA - While Raymond Priester figures to see most of the carries for Clemson, the LSU Tigers have an outstanding running back of their own.

Kevin Faulk, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound sophomore who was selected as the all-purpose player on The Associated Press' All-America team, led the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards with 1,282 and scored 13 touchdowns.

But his production doesn't stop there.

He also led the SEC in punt returns with an average of 15.6 yards and all-purpose yardage at 191.3. He ranked fourth nationally in both categories.

"We've got to make sure to swarm the ball, but we also can't be caught overpursuing, because he will kill you on cutbacks," Clemson coach Tommy West said. "I wish I could answer that question. I wish I could tell you how we're going to stop Kevin Faulk."

FINALLY: LSU receiver Tyrone Frazier is not a typical freshman.

Frazier originally signed with the Tigers three years ago, but was drafted in baseball by the Kansas City Royals and has spent the past three years playing in that organization.

However, when the Royals released the native of Shreveport, La., earlier this year, Frazier retired from baseball and resumed his football career.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder is third on the team with 17 receptions for 323 yards, a lofty 19 yards a catch.

MUCH MALIGNED: Clemson quarterback Nealon Greene has been severely criticized by fans for much of his career, but the junior has started 26 straight games and the Tigers are 17-9 during that stretch.

"I just go out there and do my best and not worry about other things," Greene said.

Greene is steadily climbing up Clemson's record books and is currently fifth in total offense (4,172) and passing (3,441) and third in completion percentage (55.3 percent).

AT HOME: LSU has been designated as the home team for the Peach Bowl and, as customary for its home games, will wear white jerseys.

LSU petitioned visiting schools to wear white at home this season and did for every game except for Vanderbilt. For that game, LSU players wore gold jerseys instead of the familiar purple jerseys.

Clemson will wear orange jerseys, but there is no word on whether the Tigers will come out in all orange as they did for the Maryland game on Nov. 2. They also wore all orange in their victory in the 1993 Peach Bowl.

PEACH PITS: Clemson holder Chris Robbins separated his shoulder recently, meaning backup kicker David Richardson is the new holder for kicker Matt Padgett. ... LSU has won the only game ever played between these two Southern rivals, a 7-0 victory in the 1959 Sugar Bowl on a touchdown pass from the legendary Billy Cannon. ... Clemson has sold its entire allotment of tickets. ... LSU was voted as having the best tailgate party in the country by the staff of ESPN's College Gameday. ... Clemson is 3-0 all-time in domes, including wins at the Georgia Dome in 1993, against Duke in Tokyo in '91 and against Tulane at the Superdome in '81. ... Faulk and fellow tailback Rondell Mealey combined for 25 touchdowns this season.

Peach Bowl

Who: Clemson Tigers (7-4) vs. No. 17 LSU Tigers (9-2).

Where: Georgia Dome.

When: Today, 8:06 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Tickets: A few hundred remain. Call Ticketmaster at (404) 249-6400.