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Lee proves unprepared in cameo

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published November 13, 2005


CLEMSON, S.C. - For those Florida State fans clamoring for heralded redshirt freshman quarterback Xavier Lee, take note:

He completed 1 of 7 passes for 7 yards and was sacked twice.

Last week, he came in for Drew Weatherford and was 1-for-7 for 3 yards.

"We're seeing a freshman," coach Bobby Bowden said. "Drew has done better than that, but even some of his (being a) freshman begins to show up. Xavier, you can see why we've gone slow with him. He's not ready yet."

Lee said, "It's always good to get playing time," but it's a tall order to come in when your team trails by 21 with 10:39 left in the game.

"It was kind of difficult to try to make something happen," he said, "with so little time."

ONE FOR THE FAMILY: Bowden praised son Tommy's team, saying how impressed he was with the Tigers.

"One more play against Virginia and we win it; one more play against North Carolina State, we win it," he said of FSU's previous losses. "This one wasn't that way. This was a good licking today. They beat us good. ... I'm very proud of him, but that don't help me."

DO YOU HAVE ANY ELIGIBILITY?: Chris Bostic, who recently learned he's a cousin of former Clemson and longtime NFL stars Joe and Jeff Bostic, threw a ball 25 yards through a target to win $1-million in a promotion between the first and second quarters.

"Everything else was in slow motion," said Bostic, 28, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., who just finished a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He had been stationed in Hawaii and Afghanistan.

A former prep linebacker, Bostic found out a week ago he was selected for the contest at a BI-LO supermarket. He'd practice at night for about an hour after work as a landscaper, just throwing, and not at a target that's 20 inches in diameter.

And now what does he do?

"I'm going to take my (8-year-old) daughter ( Aviana) shopping," he said, adding he will keep a promise to return to work Monday.

ANOTHER BLOW?: FSU redshirt junior offensive tackle Cory Niblock injured his left knee on the game's final play and was carted off. Sophomore tackle David Overmyer said it was a sprain, and Niblock, who has started 21 games the past two seasons (11 at guard last year), was walking okay. If he's out, the Seminoles have few options. Junior Mario Henderson or fifth-year senior Ron Lunford would have to play far beyond what they've shown.

TOUGH FIRST START: Redshirt sophomore defensive end D.J. Norris made his first start with star Kamerion Wimbley (sprained knee) out. Norris sprained his left ankle during the game and left on crutches.

A HOMECOMING: FSU freshman defensive back Jamie Robinson, who's from nearby Rock Hill, S.C., and was hailed as the state's top prep player last year, made the trip even though the coaches haven't played him and figure to redshirt him.

FAMILIAR FACES: Senior tight end Bobby Williamson, a former East Lake High star, is one of 17 Floridians on Clemson.

NOW HEAR THIS: William Floyd, a former Lakewood High, FSU and NFL running back, accompanied the team on its charter and gave the players a motivational speech before the game.