Polley opts for books over Fla. St. basketball Ex-Dunbar star still redshirt in football

November 28, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dunbar's Tommy Polley, a two-time All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year in football and The Sun's 1996 Male Athlete of the Year, left the Florida State basketball team this week -- after one game -- to concentrate on his studies, a school spokesman confirmed last night.

Assistant sports information director Chris Walker said Polley, on a football scholarship that also permits him to play basketball, practiced until Tuesday before making his decision. Polley, 6 feet JTC 5, 210 pounds, also was a two-time All-Metro basketball player at Dunbar, leading its team to four state titles, and the football team to two state titles.

Neither Polley, his mother Amy, nor Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell could be reached for comment last night.

"Tommy has decided to leave our program to concentrate on his academics," basketball coach Pat Kennedy said in a prepared statement.

"He is an excellent young man and the door will be open for his return anytime in the future."

Before the football season, Polley, a redshirt freshman who was recruited as a linebacker, was moved to tight end for drills and was used at that position during the regular season on the Seminoles' scout team, Walker said.

Polley joined the basketball team, with the permission of football coach Bobby Bowden, after five football games.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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