Clemson/Florida State Notes

We've compiled more notes on Saturday's Florida State/Clemson game. Included are latest injury updates for both teams and some comments from Bobby Bowden on the crowd noise in Death Valley.

Bowden has plan for Clemson crowd noise
Right up there with Florida's "The Swamp", Clemson's "Death Valley" is one of the loudest Stadiums in the nation. The raucous crowd is a big reason why the Tigers have played the Seminoles so close in the last two meetings in Memorial Stadium. In 1999 Florida State, ranked No. 1, had to come from behind to pull out a narrow 17-14 win. Two years earlier it took Peter Warrick and his 372 all-purpose yards to lift FSU to the seven-point victory.

"It gets as loud up there as anywhere you could play," Bowden said. "In 99 when we played up there it helped us at Florida. The crowd noise will be a factor this week."

To get used to the excessive noise generated by 85,000 plus in Memorial Stadium the team will practice inside Doak Campbell Stadium on Thursday with music blaring from loud speakers.

However, the crowd noise may not be as big a factor as it was the last time the Noles made the trip to Clemson. The game isn't at night, which usually means a lower noise level but more importantly, unlike when Chris Weinke was the starter in 1999, freshman quarterback Chris Rix will not audible as much at the line.

Clemson Injury Updates
John Leake (LB) missed practice due to a sprained ankle he suffered in the Wake Forest game. Still listed as questionable for Florida State. He is optimistic that he will play.

Ben Hall (TE) did practice on Monday and will play on Saturday. He had a strained neck, an injury suffered in the Wake Forest game.

Chad Carson (LB) missed practice on Monday due to a sprained knee suffered against Wake Forest. He should be back at practice on Wednesday and will play against Florida State. Carson had 23 tackles against Wake Forest and was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Airese Currie (WR) had a sprained foot against Wake Forest, but was back at practice on Monday.

Kevin Johnson(CB) missed Saturday's game due to a death in his family. He missed Monday's practice, is expected to be back at practice Tuesday and Wednesday, then miss Thursday to attend a funeral. Coach Bowden is expecting him to be available for Saturday's game.

Florida State Injury Updates
Wide receiver Joey Kaleikini returned to practice Monday and should be available Saturday. However, the coaches and trainers are keeping a close eye on defensive tackle Travis Johnson who re-injured his ankle on Saturday.

"At first they thought it was a stress fracture but I don't think so," Johnson said. "Randy (Oravetz) said on one of the (X-rays) it looks like it but on the other three it doesn't. He said we might go in and get another X-ray later. Right now it hurts but you have to work through it. It's a big game and we have to have it."

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