Originally created 09/17/00

Clemson notes



MEMORABLE START: Former North Augusta quarterback Anthony Young was called into emergency duty when Wake Forest starter C.J. Leak was injured in the third quarter.

Young, a freshman, responded by engineering the Demon Deacons' only scoring drive in Saturday's 55-7 loss to Clemson. His first collegiate play was a 55-yard keeper along the left sidelines.

The multi-talented athlete connected with Ira Williams for a six-yard fade-pattern touchdown with 13:03 remaining. Young finished as the Deacons' leading rusher (42 yards on five carries) and completed 1 of 2 passes.

As Clemson's defense swarmed around him, he reacted instinctively.

"It's all football to me," said Young, who coaches had hoped to redshirt. "I just have to execute. It wasn't too much of a change (from high school)."

Leak dislocated his knee and Young is positioned to start if the sophomore is unable to return.

OUT OF ACTION: Neither of Clemson's starting defensive tackles played against Wake Forest. A sprained ankle prevented Jason Holloman from starting for the second straight week while Terry Holly was hampered by a calf injury.

In their absence, seniors Freddie James and Gary Childress stepped in and helped Clemson limit Wake Forest to 102 rushing yards on 35 attempts.

DEFENSELESS:When Clemson junior quarterback Woody Dantzler wasn't picking apart Wake Forest's soft-zone defense, the quick-escape artist was dissecting the Deacons with his ground excursions.

On 16 carries, Dantzler rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Senior receiver Justin Watts sprung Dantzler for a 39-yard, second-quarter touchdown that signaled Clemson's ensuing offensive onslaught. The dual-threat said big-plays are contingent on everyone contributing.

"All 11 players have to play," Dantzler said of Watts' downfield assist. "One guy can't take a play off."