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FSU receiver hopes for breakout

By Times staff writers
Published October 22, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Dominic Robinson has fond memories of Wake Forest's Groves Stadium. It was there, two years ago, that the wide receiver had what he describes as his breakout game.

In Florida State's 34-21 comeback victory, the then sophomore caught four passes for 51 yards. It was the ninth game of the season for the Seminoles, but Robinson never had caught a pass since moving from cornerback during the spring of his freshman year.

Every catch came on a scoring drive as FSU overcame a 21-14 halftime deficit. Having a hand in the comeback still brings a smile to Robinson's face.

"I remember in the locker room after the game, just the excitement of the coaches. I think at halftime they were really worried," he said. "I remember being in that locker room and thinking I actually played a part in the reason these guys feel this way."

This season Robinson has four receptions. He started two games as the slot receiver when the Seminoles ran three-receiver sets against Alabama-Birmingham and North Carolina. A return to Winston-Salem, N.C., might be the spark Robinson needs.

"I'm excited to go back for the last time and hopefully rekindle the flame," Robinson said. "Maybe this could jump-start my senior campaign."

INJURY UPDATE: Chamberlain High's Brodrick Bunkley will be available Saturday if necessary. The nose guard aggravated his sprained left ankle during the second play against Virginia last week, and he practiced lightly through the week.

"I finally decided to take a week off, try to let this thing heal up, and I should be back when we prepare for Maryland," Bunkley said of the Oct.30 game.

Defensive end Eric Moore practiced and might return to the starting lineup. He sprained his left ankle Oct.2 against North Carolina and has been limited since, though he was on the field for 22 plays against the Cavaliers.

"I was out there, felt comfortable, got my swagger back a little bit," Moore said after practice.

- ZACHARY SPAIN, Times correspondent

UF: Leak wants up week

GAINESVILLE - If Florida quarterback Chris Leak follows his up-and-down trend, he could be headed for a disappointing day against Mississippi State.

Leak had three interceptions against Kentucky. He followed it with a career-high 322 yards against Arkansas. Leak was held to 142 yards on 15-for-33 passing in a loss to Louisiana State. Given this cycle, Leak said he is trying to focus on being consistent.

"(It's) nothing real difficult," Leak said, "just maintaining that consistency week in and week out, just maintaining that focus that you have to have as a player, just making sure you're sharp on all your things and making sure you're understanding why we do such things in the offense, making sure you're on top of things."

The trend could end Saturday. The Bulldogs are allowing opponents to complete more than 60 percent of their passes. That puts them ahead of only Vanderbilt (64.5 percent) in the SEC.

But Leak is not letting himself assume a return to consecutive productive weeks is a given.

"You never want to take anybody easily," he said. "This is still a big SEC team we're playing. You just want to go out there, stay focused and make sure you're executing your plays."

INJURY UPDATE: A nagging ankle injury continues to hamper defensive tackle Ray McDonald, and coach Ron Zook does not expect McDonald to start Saturday.

The play of reserves Michael Hill and Kenny Parker have made McDonald's absence tolerable. They have pushed one of last season's key reserve lineman out of the rotation. Senior Eric Holcombe has spent the past several weeks working with the scout team. Zook said since Holcombe saw limited action early in the season, a redshirt is not possible.

Another senior reserve might find his way back to the field next year after redshirting. Offensive lineman Tavares Washington, who had offseason knee surgery, has not played, and Zook thinks it would be beneficial to have him back in 2005: "He is a big, good looking, athletic guy that can do a lot of things. But there is probably a good chance we'll hold him back now."

- BRIAN SHAFFER, Times Correspondent

Miami: DE commits

Defensive end Courtney Harris committed to the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Jupiter High senior is the 26th-ranked defensive end in America, according to

"It's all about being the best," said Harris, who chose Miami over Florida, Florida State, LSU and N.C. State. "If you don't think you can be the best, then you don't need to go to a place like Miami. If you feel like you can go up against the best, which I think I can, then all that doesn't even really matter."

INJURY UPDATE: Backup quarterback Kyle Wright sprained his ankle during practice Wednesday and is questionable for Saturday's game against North Carolina State.


[Last modified October 22, 2004, 01:10:16]


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