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Sexton returns to sideline to watch

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published October 30, 2005


TALLAHASSEE - Florida State's Wyatt Sexton looked like any other bystander on Saturday afternoon.

Wearing his garnet No. 19 jersey and khaki shorts, he chatted with teammates and watched the game from the bench. It was the first time Sexton was in that spot this season. Sexton was pencilled in as the starting quarterback until police found him acting strangely in June. He subsequently was diagnosed with Lyme disease and lost for the season.

He politely declined an interview, but told FSU officials he intends to return to practice this week.

"I hope he can; he needs to get out there if he can," coach Bobby Bowden said. "I'm sure it will be limited because of his health."

SCARY MOMENT: FSU redshirt sophomore receiver Joslin Shaw, a former Plant City star, was involved in the kind of play no one likes to see. With quarterback Drew Weatherford scrambling upfield, Shaw came back to help and leveled Maryland senior safety Milton Harris on a legal crack-back block.

Harris, 22, crumpled to the ground and was motionless. FSU tailback Lorenzo Booker immediately waved for assistance.

"I didn't hear any pads and if you don't hear pads, it means you've hit someone in the body, which is not good," Booker said.

Harris's head was immobilized and he was carted off to an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a concussion and returned home with his team.

"I was just trying to do something to get the team pumped up," said Shaw, who had another block later that helped Weatherford score the decisive touchdown. "I never intended to hurt him. ... My prayers are going out to him. I definitely was wishing he wasn't hurt, but at the same time, I realize it's football and things happen."

INJURY UPDATE: FSU redshirt sophomore guard John Frady, who separated his left shoulder last week against Duke, was re-injured late in the first half. Redshirt freshman Cornelius Lewis replaced him and drew praise.

"Cornelius went in the last series before the half, and then Cornelius played the whole second half and he really did a good job," offensive line coach Mark McHale said. "We ran that last touchdown right behind him and ( David) Overmyer."

SIDELINE VISITOR: FSU senior offensive guard Matt Meinrod, the former East Lake star, watched from the bench. He fractured his left leg and dislocated his left ankle against Wake Forest on Oct. 8 and had season-ending surgery a few days later. FSU was on the road the previous two weeks.

A HOMECOMING, OF SORTS: Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson isn't the only Bay area player who relocated to Maryland. Defensive end Jermaine Lemons and offensive guard Donnie Woods both went to Jefferson and receiver Terrell Skinner was a standout at Boca Ciega. Jackson, who entered as the nation's top tackler (averaging 13.8), had a game-high 15. Lemons had one.

EARLY RESULTS: In its midseason report, the Sporting News included FSU defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and safety Pat Watkins on the 24-member All-America team.

DOWN THE LINE: Orange Bowl CEO Keith Tribble said his offices and his staff fared well when Hurricane Wilma ripped through south Florida on Monday. The scoreboard at Dolphins Stadium was damaged, but he said Miami Dolphins officials are confident it will be repaired by next week's NFL game. By Jan. 3, Tribble expects the area to embrace the game that is likely to feature the ACC champion.

"In our case, we have gone through this, the last major one was Andrew, and our community rallied back," he said.