Friday Clemson football notebook

CLEMSON - Growing up in south Georgia's Camden County, Rennie Moore had three teams to chose from.

"You're either a Gator, a Georgia Bulldog or a Seminole," he said. "That's it."

Moore followed Florida State.

"I went down, I think my sophomore year in high school, to their pro day. I had an offer from them. I was thinking about going to Florida State," he said. "But Clemson pulled me in. That's where that story ended, right there."

For Moore and fellow south Georgian Brandon Thompson, it's a personal battle when it comes to Florida State.

"I don't know what it is. It's in the blood," Moore said. "Being up here, I love Clemson. I love the atmosphere.

"Florida State, it's something about hearing that [war chant]. Just hearing that all game down there and then their kicker beat us with about a 60-yard field goal to crush us. I'm just ready for my revenge."

THE TOUGH GUY: During practice before last week's game against Auburn, Phillip Price suffered a shoulder stinger.

He missed the rest of that day's practice, but returned the next afternoon and never skipped a beat.

"Phillip is an extremely tough player," said Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. "He comes out there last week, dings his right shoulder and you would have never known it. He sat out the rest of practice and jumped right in there and away he went the next day.

"He played through some pain. That's who he is. I appreciate his toughness . I appreciate his ruggedness."

Morris added that Price hasn't been perfect through three games this season, but he's been pleased with the starting left tackle.

"Did he make some mistakes? Absolutely, he made some mistakes. That's happens to young players," Morris said. "He's got to continue to get better, as they all do. I've been pleased with Phillip."

DB TALENT: Florida State's secondary of Greg Reid, Xavier Rhodes and Lamarcus Joyner is supremely talented, and Tajh Boyd knows it.

"They're great players," Boyd said. "We've got great players here, too. I really don't put too much stock into it. Everybody competes, at the end of the day...they probably feel like this is a crucial game for them, as well."

Boyd added, "they've got some good corners. They're pretty physical. I think there's going to be some good matchups out there, some good isolations." Top Stories