Originally created 10/31/00

Clemson notebook



A look at the No. 10 Clemson Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) four days before they play at No. 4 Florida State (8-1, 6-0) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN):

Latest news:

Quarterback Woody Dantzler's status for Saturday's game is questionable, according to Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. Dantzler was in a soft cast Sunday. The junior reaggravated a bruised ankle he suffered against North Carolina last week in Saturday's game with Georgia Tech. "You're concerned now because if it's not a joint injury, if it's not a fracture, then it seems like there's not much left down there but meat and bone and he should be healthy. But he's not," Bowden said. Bowden also is reconsidering his statement made after Saturday's loss, when he said Tony Lazzara would likely replace Aarun Hunt after Hunt missed two second-half field goals.

Injuries:

QB Dantzler (bruised left leg) and PR Joe Don Reames (sprained neck) are questionable.

Key stat:

Linebacker Chad Carson led the Tigers with 22 tackles Saturday, five shy of Keith Adams' single-game record of 27 set in the Tigers' game at South Carolina last year.

Analysis:

Florida State fans won't be the only fans wanting to see the Tigers lose this week. The Gator Bowl, which gets the No. 2 team from the ACC, has its eye on the Tigers. The Jan. 1 bowl pits the ACC's No. 2 team against a team from the Big East (likely the Miami-Virginia Tech loser) or Notre Dame in the Jan. 1 game at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Quote:

"I think had we gone to Tallahassee undefeated, we might have thought we were a little better than we were. The last few weeks, we've played some teams with better talent and gotten exposed. Hopefully, that will help us get focused." -- Bowden.

-- Tim Morse