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State practice reports

By Times staff writers, Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 6, 2002

Shoulder to keep Gator out of lineup

GAINESVILLE -- Florida defensive end Darrell Lee suffered a hairline fracture in his right shoulder blade during practice Wednesday. He is expected to miss four weeks but will not need surgery.

Lee, a junior from Kirkwood, Mo., was battling for a starting spot. He has played in 23 regular-season games with three starts.

Thursday morning, receiver Reggie Vickers had surgery on his right ACL. He is out for the season.

Vickers, a redshirt sophomore, injured his right knee working out during the summer in his hometown of Belle Glade, and the knee did not respond to rehabilitation.

Team physicians said they hope Vickers can return for spring practice.

LET IT RAIN: It rained for the second straight day during practice.

Florida spent about 30 minutes of practice in the parking lot because of lightning but finished on the practice field.

If Saturday's weather is similar, coach Ron Zook said only one thing will be different.

"We're going to play," he said. (athletic director Jeremy Foley) has informed me they've sold every ticket, so we'll have to play."

-- JILL MARTIN, TIMES WIRES

FSU to watch big game

TALLAHASSEE -- Without a game this weekend, Florida State is keeping its head in the game. It just happens to be one in which no Seminoles are playing. Florida vs. Miami. "I'll just watch, and if I see anything, I might make a note of it," coach Bobby Bowden said. "But it's just a great game to enjoy."

The game carries special interest for many Seminoles. Besides playing both teams later this season, many have friends and former teammates on both teams.

"I'll be rooting for Miami," said cornerback Stanford Samuels, who went to Miami Carol City High with Hurricanes receiver Ethenic Sands. "I've got to stick with my friends."

The other attraction is it's the first regular-season game between the schools since 1987 while Florida State has played both regularly since FSU added Miami in 1962. "I like seeing (Florida and Miami play each other)," Bowden said. "It's a great natural rivalry, and it's nice seeing them play each other because we have to play them both."

While some players have an interest in the result, some don't care. "I just hope that whoever wins keeps winning to help our strength-of-schedule (rating)," defensive end Alonzo Jackson said. "Other than that, I don't care who wins. I hate Miami. I hate Florida. I can't hate either one of them more then I hate them already."

READY FOR TERP: With Maryland running back Bruce Perry possibly returning in time to face the Seminoles Sept. 14, the defense said it is looking forward to the challenge.

Perry, last season's ACC player of the year, missed Maryland's season opener, a 22-0 loss to Notre Dame, with a groin injury and will miss Saturday's against Akron.

"He's a tough guy," defensive tackle Jeff Womble said. "He will probably just suck it up and still go. Without him, it takes away a lot. But they're still good."

Last season, Perry had 67 yards in FSU's 52-31 victory. INJURY NEWS: Linebacker Jerel Hudson missed Thursday's practice after he reaggravated a left ankle injury. He is not expected to miss any games. CLEMSON TICKETS: A limited number of tickets to the Oct.3 game against Clemson have been made available to the public starting today. For information, call toll-free 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

-- JASON SCHNEIDER, TIMES WIRES

Rain thwarts UCF again

ORLANDO -- Central Florida ran some special-teams drills and got in a limited amount of practice before rain and lightning ended things. -- Times wires

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