Originally created 08/28/99

Area football briefs: Tigers stage "dress rehearsal"



Clemson

The Tigers were on the field nearly three hours on Friday in what could be described as a game-day dress rehearsal.

Crowd noise and stadium lights were used to give the practice a game-day feel. Everything was in place except the run down the hill from Howard's Rock.

The "Beanie Bowl" is designed to allow starters to go through every possible situation in a game against the scout team.

"We worked on substitutions, onside kicks, blocked kicks, after a safety; everything that would hopefully come up in a game," said coach Tommy Bowden.

The Tigers have a practice scheduled this morning.

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets went through an extended practice Friday before coach George O'Leary gave them the weekend off.

"We extended practice because I thought we needed to get a lot of work done, but I gave them the weekend off," O'Leary said.

"We got a little jump-start on Navy. Now the key is to come back healthy and rested Monday and put the final touches on the game plan. We still have some work to get done, but they're understanding game tempo," O'Leary said.

Georgia Southern

Sophomore reserve quarterback J.R. Revere rushed for a game-high 92 yards on seven carries while completing four of seven passes for 36 yards to lead the Eagles through their final preseason intrasquad scrimmage Friday.

Preparations for the opener against Fayetteville State now begin.

The Eagles' offensive unit, which was slowed by the absence of starting quarterback Greg Hill (thigh bruise), slotback Bennie Cunningham (hamstring pull) and wide receiver Chris Johnson (lower leg sprain), still managed to pick up 249 total yards and three touchdowns in a 60-play simulated game.

"We don't have a lot of time left, so I thought it was imperative that we showed progress today and I'm not sure we did," said coach Paul Johnson. "I'm a little concerned with our intensity and focus. It's certainly something you can't just turn on and off. Hopefully, our guys know that without paying a big price."