Nov. 10, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
This is the 10th of at least 11 weekly reports from former Dunbar star Tommy Polley, a senior linebacker for the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles.
Highlights: Florida State defeated No. 10 Clemson, 54-7, to win its ninth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and keep its national championship aspirations alive. Polley recorded nine tackles and two quarterback hurries and knocked down one pass.
“We dominated a good Clemson team and got a big win,” Polley said. “The atmosphere in our home stadium was amazing and playing in front of that many fans [stadium-record 82,514] is another thing that makes Florida State football fun.”
ACC champs: “Winning the ACC championship was the most important thing that came out of the victory over Clemson,” Polley said. An important component of the Bowl Championship Series is winning your conference championship. Polley will receive his fourth ACC championship ring in a spring ceremony.
“It’s something you take for granted as a player at Florida State. I guess I’ll look back on it a couple of years from now and realize what we accomplished. For now we were supposed to win, and we did,” he said.
No. 29: Linebackers traditionally have uniform numbers in the 40s and 50s. Polley has worn 29 for the past four years after wearing 46 during his first season at Florida State and 11 at Dunbar.
“When I got here, I wore 46 and didn’t like it,” Polley said. “In high school, 11 was the only number available. It’s just something different with no story or superstition behind it.”
Most memorable: Polley’s touchdown on an interception return against Georgia Tech is his most memorable moment this season.
“I hadn’t scored since high school, so that was a big deal. I had blocked punts and kicks, recovered fumbles and sacked the quarterback. But scoring filled up the entire statistical sheet for me,” he said. “I feel my most memorable moment is still to come.”
Looking ahead: Polley and No. 3 Florida State play the final road game of the regular season tomorrow at 3:30 at Wake Forest. The Seminoles are ranked No. 2 in the all-important BCS standings and third in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.