Originally created 05/28/98

Streeter ready by opener



CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Brandon Streeter promises to be back by this season's start from the severe ankle injury he suffered during spring practice.

"I've got a lot of time to work, and since the season is coming up soon, that will make me work harder and harder to make sure I'll be ready," Streeter said.

A pin was removed from Streeter's ankle Wednesday, Clemson athletics spokesman Brett Sowell said. Doctors told Streeter he should be able to run on his ankle in six weeks.

"I should be back strong running and stuff, with a brace on, obviously," he said.

Doctors, he said, likened it to "dealing with a bad ankle sprain."

Streeter said he expects to be back for camp by mid-August in a limited capacity and at full strength when the Tigers open the season Sept. 4 against Furman.

Getting him back could be critical for the Tigers. He is their most experienced quarterback, with one career start. Behind him are only redshirt freshmen.

Seven plays into a scrimmage this spring, Streeter was sandwiched by safety Charles Hafley and defensive lineman Gary Childress. He heard a cracking noise, dropped to the turf and was horrified at the 180-degree twist of his left foot.

"My toe was (planted) in the ground and my heel was sticking up in the air, so it was out of (the) socket," he said. "So what the doctors had to do on the field was pull out my ankle and put it back."

He fractured a fibula and tore two ligaments. Doctors put in a plate to support the fibula, which has healed. He has had to wear a cushioned boot and a leg sleeve and walk with crutches. Workouts have been limited to upper-body weight lifting.

Streeter said the injury may hamper his mobility for now, but he does not expect it to affect his throwing motion. He and wide receiver Justin Watts threw for about 45 minutes Tuesday. Watts said Streeter's arm strength has not suffered from the injury.

"I tell you, my arm got tired before his did," Watts said.