By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 30, 2002
NEW ORLEANS -- Florida State junior Kevin Emanuel, who started all 13 games at defensive end, will shift to tackle to add experience and depth to a position in need of both.
In recent weeks, the Seminoles have lost junior Darnell Dockett (suspension) and backup Broderick Bunkley (knee injury), a promising freshman from Tampa Chamberlain.
"We broached the idea with him when we got down here, and it didn't surprise us that Kevin accepted it without reservation," defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said Sunday morning.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Emanuel has had a breakout season at left end, finishing second on the team in sacks (4) and tackles for a loss (15). But he has worked inside some in the past.
"That might be the best position for him," said Andrews, hinting that it could be a permanent move for Emanuel.
Travis Johnson and Tony Benford figure to start, the latter for the first time, with Emanuel and walkons Mike Shaw and Brian Ross rotating in.
Sophomore Eric Moore likely will make his first start in Emanuel's old spot. Moore missed three games after an emergency appendectomy the day of the Miami game.
"Backups will have to play like starters," Andrews said.
WAITING TO HEAR: Junior linebacker Kendyll Pope still hasn't heard from the NFL about his draft prospects but said unless he's a first- or second-round pick, he will return for his final season.
"Right now, I pretty much see myself staying in school," Pope said, "trying to get our program back to where it should be."
Junior linebacker Michael Boulware also hasn't received information from the NFL and, barring word that he's a first-round pick, said he'll be back.
PRECAUTIONARY ABSENCE: Georgia senior offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb sat out Sunday morning's practice with an infected left calf. He's treating it with heat, antibiotics and rest and doesn't expect it to limit him in Wednesday's game.