By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 18, 2005
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Florida State receiver Chris Davis has been here before.
The former St. Petersburg Catholic star took his first official recruiting trip to Boston College, which would have been a logical choice given the school's Catholic mission.
"Most everybody liked B.C.," Davis said of his family, friends and high school teachers. "Notre Dame and B.C.; that's all they root for back home."
The Eagles also were interested in him as a quarterback, another big selling point. He had his mind set on being a collegiate quarterback, up until FSU came calling.
"I've been a Florida State fan since I was yay high," he said. "When I saw that gold Seminole on the envelope, it was a done deal. It's pretty nice (at B.C.); they definitely have the facilities and the city is nice, but it was all about Tallahassee for me. ... So this is a special trip for me. This is one for high school."
GOOD HANDS: FSU linebacker A.J. Nicholson had two interceptions in the opening five minutes, returning one for a touchdown. It was his second career score (he returned a fumble against Duke in 2003). He is the first Seminole with two interceptions in a game since Stanford Samuels against Georgia Tech in 2002.
OUT AND BACK: FSU linebacker Ernie Sims sprained his right ankle late in the first quarter, was helped off but returned midway through the second.
COIN TOSS: League commissioner John Swofford, FSU athletic director Dave Hart and B.C. athletic director Gene DeFilippo were at midfield for the coin toss commemorating B.C.'s inaugural ACC game. FSU won.
BENEFITS OF THE ACC: B.C. coach Tom O'Brien said this was an important recruiting weekend for his program. His goal since his arrival in 1997 has been to find players with speed, such as Davis, and now part of the expanded ACC should be a boon.
"It's been very good in that a lot of kids realized, especially in the northeast, what the ACC would mean as possibly the premier football conference in the country," he said. "We've gotten a much better reception up in that area of the country, and that's helped us."
A REMEMBRANCE: Before each game this season, Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter writes "2-16-03" on his wrist tape. That's the date his father Michael died. After wins, he has cut them off and given them to his mother, Georgia.
"It's special to them," he said of his family.
TOURING TROPHY: Usually, the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando hasn't taken the Butkus Award on tour before the three finalists are named in mid November. But the FSU-B.C. game was special enough to break tradition. FSU's Sims and Nicholson and B.C.'s Brian Toal and Ray Henderson are all on the preseason watch list for the award honoring the nation's top linebacker.
"This is also unique because it's the first ACC ballgame for Boston College," said Chip Landon, chairman of the Butkus Award committee.