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Rain not hindering practice

By Times staff writers
Published November 25, 2003

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State didn't have the practice it wanted Monday as it began final preparations for Florida. Rain kept the Seminoles inside with the exception of running sprints on the Doak Campbell Stadium field.

"We don't have an indoor workout area," defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said. "We couldn't get into Tully (Gym); the floors are messed up. They're redoing it. You wonder why they couldn't wait a week to do it. We couldn't get the basketball (arena), they've got a game tonight. And we couldn't get the basketball practice (facility). I can't tell you what that reason is."

He said the team did the best it could.

"It's hard to simulate a run up there in the rubber room, let alone a pass," he said. "But we got something done. We got some assignments. We went over technique and fundamentals. It wasn't a wasted day, but certainly if we had an indoor workout area it would have been a whole lot better."

LEAGUE HONORS: Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, linebacker Michael Boulware, cornerback Stanford Samuels, receiver Craphonso Thorpe and offensive tackle Alex Barron were named to the all-ACC first team. The five selections were the most for FSU since it had eight first-teamers in 2000.

"It's an honor," Dockett said.

Center David Castillo and defensive end Eric Moore were named to the second team, while guard Matt Meinrod, the East Lake graduate in his first year as a starter, and safety Jerome Carter were honorable mentions.

INJURY UPDATE: Boulware (ankle) and middle linebacker Allen Augustin (ankle) returned to practice and should be ready this weekend. They played much of the North Carolina State game hobbling.

"We held them out all last week," Andrews said. "They didn't do anything; they just watched. We felt it was important they get back in there and start working a little bitt."

Cornerback Bryant McFadden (groin, hip flexor), who missed the N.C. State game, returned. Castillo, who sprained his right knee in the second overtime against the Wolfpack and had to be helped off the field, also returned.

- BRIAN LANDMAN

Fason emerges from pack

GAINESVILLE - Perhaps a leader has emerged among Florida's three-headed tailback attack.

After gaining 190 yards on 20 carries against South Carolina on Nov. 15, sophomore Ciatrick Fason looks as though he has edged out his backfield competition and could start Saturday vs. Florida State.

"Oh yeah," coach Ron Zook said when asked if Fason could be the first tailback to see the field. "Ciatrick could be the starter, but they're all healthy and that's the key. I think we've shown that we need them all."

While senior Ran Carthon has struggled with an ankle sprain and the flu in recent weeks, redshirt freshman DeShawn Wynn has had problems fumbling the past several games. But Zook said Wynn is not in his doghouse.

Fason has capitalized on an increased workload and averages 7.5 yards per carry. Carthon is second on the team at 5.1.

SPEED TO BURN: After watching Florida State quarterback Chris Rix rush 14 times for 83 yards, converting several third downs with his feet a year ago, Florida use an element that was missing - speed at linebacker.

Freshman Earl Everett provides the speed that last year's senior-laden group lacked.

"(Everett) is a guy that can run like a defensive back," Zook said. "In this game, you've got to be able to run and that's one thing he can do."

Everett has posted solid totals with 51 tackles and three sacks.

Zook said he could use Everett or freshman Channing Crowder in passing situations as a spy against Rix.

- BRIAN SHAFFER

[Last modified November 25, 2003, 02:06:38]


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