Aug. 15, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Linebacker Tommy Polley has his goal set at playing
in Florida State’s Aug. 26 season opener against Brigham Young, just eight
months after seriously injuring a knee in the Sugar Bowl.
Polley, who had reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason, says he feels
between 85 and 90 percent recovered. He has participated in non-contact drills
and hopes to begin contact practices by next week.
“It feels great to be out here,” Polley said Tuesday. “I haven’t been out
here since January. That’s the longest I’ve been out from any sport.”
Florida State trainer Randy Oravetz has not yet given Polley medical
clearance to participate in full-contact drills.
Polley earned first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors last season
when he led the national champion Seminoles with 109 tackles.