August 14, 2006

Linemen show their physical side

Before the legend gets larger than life, it's probably worth reminding people that it wasn't exactly Babe Ruth pointing to the fences or Joe Namath making Super Bowl history. Heck, it wasn't even Deion Sanders telling the folks on Clemson's sideline what he was about to do on his next punt return.

But Jacky Claude's mouth did generate a buzz on Florida State's practice field on Saturday.

Claude, the junior guard and returning starter on the Seminoles' offensive line, actually told the FSU defense where the next play was going during Saturday's goal line drills. Then he provided the key block that sprang fullback Joe Surratt for a touchdown on that very same play.

"Jacky looked right at Coach [Mickey] Andrews, told him exactly where we were running and what he was going to do to the D-tackle," FSU tailback Lorenzo Booker said, "and he did it."

Claude made the call as both the first-team offense and the second-team defense were waiting for teammate Aaron Jones to be helped off the field after injuring his ankle. One of the defensive coaches said something to the offense, and then Claude decided to fire back.

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