By ALEX ABRAMS, BRIAN LANDMAN, DEBI JONES, Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 30, 2001
TALLAHASSEE -- Another day, another Florida State wide receiver is hurt.
Junior Talman Gardner left practice early on Wednesday after suffering a mild right shoulder separation trying to catch a ball. X-rays were negative.
"I could hear something crack, and then I just kind of hopped back up," Gardner said. "I'll be all right."
Gardner, who caught 12 passes for 198 yards last season, is optimistic he will play Saturday against Duke. He plans to spend most of today receiving treatment.
If Gardner is unable to play, FSU will have only two veteran receivers, seniors Atrews Bell and Javon Walker, healthy for the opener.
Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan suffered season-ending knee injuries. Willie Reid is out with a broken fibula.
WOMBLE SUSPENDED: Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff Womble, one of just four returning defensive starters, has been suspended for Saturday's season opener at Duke for a violation of team rules.
Womble, 20, was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana possession in July. He completed terms of a pretrial intervention program and had the charge dropped two weeks ago. The team-imposed penalty is consistent with what other FSU players have received. Redshirt freshman Travis Johnson will start in Womble's place.
"I told (players) before practice, 'Some of you are going to get an opportunity that you didn't know you were going to get, so you got to go out there and make the best of it,' " coach Bobby Bowden said. -- ALEX ABRAMS, BRIAN LANDMAN
GAINESVILLE -- Most of Florida's starting offense has been set for Saturday's opener against Marshall, but the line might not be set until then.
Offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens said several players might need to change sides in the game.
"That's something you can always switch around, from right to left," Stephens said. "We can flip them back and forth, it's no big deal."
Some switching was required Wednesday after Maurice Mitchell missed practice. Stephens said he might be suffering from dehydration.
Coach Steve Spurrier has said David Jorgensen probably will start at center because Zac Zedalis is recovering from a high ankle sprain.
"If one guy is getting beat or dropping snaps, we'll go to the next guy just like every other position," Spurrier said. "They'll both play, it's not a big deal who starts."
Zedalis sat out last season after knee surgery and Jorgensen started all 13 games. "A little more goes into playing center, you have to mentally make all the calls," Jorgensen said. "I enjoy playing center more than playing guard but I couldn't say there is more prestige in either one. In the offense it's an important position."
BERLIN'S PLAYING TIME: Spurrier said he had no plans to try to get backup quarterback Brock Berlin in for a certain amount of time Saturday.
"Ideally, we are just trying to win a ballgame," Spurrier said. "We are not worried about playing a whole bunch of games."
UPCOMING ACTION: The Gators will practice from 4-6:15 this afternoon. -- DEBI JONES, TIMES WIRES
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