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Clemson DT Eason's heart tests negative

Compiled from Times wires
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published August 18, 2002

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive tackle Nick Eason is expected back at practice after tests regarding a possible heart ailment turned up negative, the school said Saturday.

Eason felt strange palpitations last week, but did not tell the training staff until Thursday. He was immediately scheduled for tests Friday and kept overnight for additional examinations.

Eason, a three-year starter, should be ready for Clemson's opener Aug. 31 at Georgia, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said.

"That was certainly good news," Bowden said. "Nick is a leader, a veteran, who is key to our defense."

Bowden wasn't concerned about the practice time Eason missed. "He knows what we are doing," the coach said.

AUBURN: Coach Tommy Tuberville didn't choose a starting quarterback after a scrimmage before about 2,000 fans. Jason Campbell was 4-for-6 for 67 yards and Daniel Cobb was 5-for-15 for 106 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to Brandon Johnson.

"Our two quarterbacks struggled at times," Tuberville said afterward. "Right now, it's just making sure they know the offense. . . . When we'll name one, I don't know. It will be early (this) week."

GEORGIA TECH: A.J. Suggs, the Tennessee transfer set to start at quarterback, was 12-for-20 for 133 yards and a touchdown in the team's first scrimmage.

SOUTHERN MISS: Coach Jeff Bower was pleased with practice but disappointed with the lack of consistency.

"There was good and bad on both sides of the ball. I thought we got off to a good start and into a good rhythm offensively early, but the defense changed that later on," Bower said.

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