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Receiver takes no solace in big day
By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published October 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE - Former St. Petersburg Catholic star receiver Chris Davis didn't take much pleasure from a season-best performance Saturday against Boston College.
Not in a 24-19 loss.
"You can't even look at how you did," he said. "I thought a lot of guys out there played great. I played my heart out, and a lot of guys did. Almost everybody did. Nobody gave up."
Davis had a career-high 10 catches for 100 yards, just the second time in his career he has hit the century mark.
He had 125 yards on nine catches against the Citadel last season. The senior has 111 career catches, 14th all-time in school history.
MORE INJURIES: FSU's mounting injury woes got a bit worse. Only this time, the problems were on offense, not defense. Starting junior receiver De'Cody Fagg sustained a high left ankle sprain, and starting senior tailback Lorenzo Booker left the game with a right thigh contusion sustained on the final play of the third quarter, a 4-yard catch and run. He had eight catches for 75 yards.
ANOTHER FRESH FACE: FSU defensive tackle Justin Mincey saw his first action, making him the 17th freshman to play this season.
GAME TIME SET: FSU's game Saturday at Maryland will be at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
TAKING A STAND? Athletic director Dave Hart said it's "speculation," at least at this point, that the ACC might institute a leaguewide policy on fighting.
"It's a very natural reaction that after you have an incident of that nature," Hart said of last weekend's Miami-Florida International brawl, "that you sit and review every detail of the incident looking for potential alternatives to have you not go back down that path. If you didn't do that, there'd be something dramatically wrong."
He isn't a proponent of a zero-tolerance policy, saying there should be a case-by-case review.
FAMILIAR FACE: FSU cornerback Michael Ray Garvin and Boston College linebacker Brian Toal and receiver Ryan Lindsey attended Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey together.
SEMINOLE HONOR: In addition to the uniforms and the statue unveiled Friday afternoon, the team paid homage to the Seminole Tribe of Florida by having a member of the tribe, student Kyle Doney, plant the flaming spear at midfield.
PRO AUDITION: Former FSU and East Lake High offensive lineman Matt Meinrod, whose senior season ended with a broken leg and ankle, had a workout with Kansas City of the Arena Football League on Thursday and is waiting to hear about a contract offer.
"I still miss football," said Meinrod, an aspiring journalist. "I'm really over not getting drafted in April, but I didn't want to go out on that note, being carted off the field. I think playing Arena might give me some closure."
TV GAFFE: The Tallahassee ABC station carried the Michigan-Iowa game, not FSU's game, for most of the first half.
READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP: NFL Films followed FSU announcer Gene Deckerhoff for a segment on HBO's Inside the NFL. The crew will be in Tampa today as Deckerhoff calls the Bucs game against Philadelphia.