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Streeter Injured in Clemson Scrimmage

March 28, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C.--First-team quarterback Brandon Streeter suffered a discolated fracture of an ankle during Saturday’s Clemson football scrimmage in Death Valley. Streeter is the only quarterback on the current Clemson roster who has played in a game.

The junior from Gettysburg, PA, had surgery to repair the injured ankle at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca on Saturday afternoon. He obviously will miss the remainder of spring practice and his status for the beginning of fall camp in August is uncertain at this time.

“Brandon had been playing very well this spring and was our number-one quarterback,” said Clemson Coach Tommy West. “He was showing familiarity with our offense and had made consistent improvement.

“You do what you can to protect your quarterbacks during practice. But practice is part of the game and live preparation is important if you are to be a good football team in the fall. We should know more about his status for the fall next week.”

Streeter suffered the injury while running upfield on the seventh play of the morning scrimmage. An ankle caught in the turf when he was tackled simultaneously by Gary Childress and Charles Hafley. He was 2-3 for 13 yards passing prior to the injury.

Three red-shirt freshmen played the remainder of the scrimmage at quarterback. Slade Nagle completed 15 of 24 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown during his time under center. He took the offense 60 yards in eight plays before hitting Travis Zachery on a five-yard scoring pass. Nagle also rushed seven times for nine yards.

Woodrow Dantzler was the leading rusher in the scrimmage. The native of Orangeburg, SC had 78 yards in nine attempts, including a 49-yard run for a touchdown that was the longest play of the scrimmage. He was 1-5 passing for eight yards. Jason Flanders was the third quarterback used in the workout. He was 1-2 for 35 yards passing, a 35-yard touchdown pass to fullback Travis Macklin. Flanders also ran four times for 25 yards.

Clemson showed balance at the receiver position. Sophomore Rod Gardner caught five passes for 42 yards to lead the pass receivers. Red-shirt freshman Matt Bailey had three catches for 22 yards and returning starter Brian Wofford speared three for 28. Red-shirt freshman T.J. Watkins had two catches for 35 yards, including the catch of the day on a juggling 27-yarder over the middle.

The leading rushers among the running backs were Dymon Adams and Travis Zachery. Adams had 19 rushes for 59 yards and a touchdown, while Zachery had 10-31. Zackery also caught two passes for 22 yards.

Robert Carswell was the leader of the defense. The sophomore safety had 10 tackles, including a sack, recovered a fumble and had an interception return for 11 yards. Rahim Abdullah had six tackles, including a sack, while DoMarco Fox, Clemson’s leading returning tackler from last year, had eight stops.

“Overall, I thought we competed well,” said West. “This was our fourth straight day of hitting in pads, and I have never had a team go through that. They played better than I expected today with the exception of putting the ball in the ground.

“Travis Zachery continues to play with confidence at running back and has shown and ability to give a burst of speed. T.J. Watkins has continued to improve at tight end. Kenzi Ross is making a move at linebacker and is really challenging Harold Means.