A veteran's perspective

CLEMSON - Dalton Freeman has played in plenty of tough environments. He knows just as well as anyone it will be raucous inside Doak Campbell on Saturday.



"It's definitely, probably, one of the toughest environments to play in," he said. "I'd say it's up there with anywhere that I've been."

Freeman, a redshirt sophomore when Clemson last visited Tallahassee, was well into his second season as the starting center in 2010. That year, Clemson and Florida State met for an 8 o'clock kickoff.

The Seminoles escaped with a 16-13 win on a 55-yard field goal as time expired.

"We're playing at night again this time," Freeman said. "The atmosphere will be very similar. We'll be used to it. It's extremely loud. It's kind of a bowl-shaped and it comes in over you.

"They have the warchant, which they like to play as much and often as they can -- that never gets old."

All sarcasm aside, Freeman knows he'll be facing an elite group of defensive linemen.

"They're probably the best I've seen on film since I've been here," he said. "Their defense, as a whole, is probably defense I've seen on film. Their defensive line, in particular, has a lot of depth. There's really not a lot of drop off."

The defensive line is led by left end Bjoern Werner, the nation's sack leader [6.5]. Opposite him is former JUCO transfer Cornellius Carradine, who's second on the team with 3.5 sacks.

Throw in reserves Giorgio Newberry and Mario Edwards and the Seminoles may have the most talented collection of ends in the country.

With Byrnes graduate Everett Dawkins, Timmy Jernigan, Anthony McCloud and Eddie Goldman anchoring the tackle spots, Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has plenty of options to work with up front.

"Normally, there's a pretty significant change between the starter and the guy they bring in when he gets tired," Freeman said. "But they rotate in about eight or nine guys and they're all pretty equal."

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