CLEMSON - Roscoe Crosby knew Friday night he would get the ball on Clemson's
first play from scrimmage in 2001.
What he did with it gave Tiger fans a glimpse of what they hope are great
things to come.
Lined up in his slot position on the left side, Crosby slid to his right on
the snap and took a shovel pass from Woody Dantzler running against the
grain. Crosby juked one would-be tackler, broke to the outside and picked up
a quick 12 yards before being run out of bounds.
The play sparked the Tigers to a touchdown on their first possession, and
indoctrinated Crosby into college football in a hurry.
"It was hard for me to go to sleep (Friday night)," Crosby said in the tunnel
after the game. "But it was an exciting feeling. I was just hoping to get
positive yardage and get off to a good start for my season."
Crosby finished the day with three receptions for 64 yards, including a
leaping 33-yard catch on the opening drive of the second half, which helped
put the Tigers in position for Jeff Scott's 22-yard touchdown run on a fake
"I knew it was going to be a positive play," he said. "We worked on it in
practice, and Woody saw me running down the sideline and got me the ball."
All in all, it was a productive day for the young star from Union, on the
heels of a long, long offseason.
Crosby was taken with the 59th pick of the Major League Baseball June Draft by
the Kansas City Royals this summer. After a long contract negotiation, he
signed a contract which paid him a $1.75 million signing bonus.
His arrival on Clemson's campus made him the immediate center of attention
when camp got underway. And now, finally, Crosby can put his first game
behind him get on with the rest of his career.
"I feel great...I'm glad it's out of the way," he said. "I'm glad we got the
win. We practiced hard for it.
"It was the experience of a lifetime."