Nov. 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
This is the last of 11 weekly reports in the Baltimore Sun from former Dunbar star Tommy Polley, a senior linebacker for the defending national-champion Florida State Seminoles.
Highlights: Polley had 12 tackles and one pass break-up as Florida State defeated Wake Forest, 35-6. The defense held its opponent without a touchdown for the third time this season. “We won,” Polley said. “There weren’t too many other highlights besides winning the game.”
Lowlights: “A good friend of mine, tailback Jeff Chaney, tore his ACL and MCL,” Polley said. “It came during his senior season and ended his career at Florida State. It made me very sad to see him have to go out like that.”
Home finale: Tomorrow is Senior Day at Florida State, and the Seminoles’ seniors will play their final home game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Polley has played in 21 consecutive victories and has never lost a game there. “It will be exciting,” Polley said. “I have watched seniors before me and saw how emotional the day is. It is especially exciting because the game is against Florida, and a victory could put us back in the national championship game.”
Mother’s day: Polley will celebrate Senior Day with his mother, Amy, whom he will escort to midfield to be greeted by Bobby Bowden. “It is going to be really special for both my mother and I. It’s been a long road. She’s seen me through little league, high school and now through my senior year in college.”