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By ALEX ABRAMS, DEBI JONES, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 12, 2001


Boulware sprains an ankle

TALLAHASSEE -- Starting linebacker Michael Boulware sat out the final 30 minutes of Tuesday's practice after spraining his right ankle. He does not believe it will keep him from playing Saturday against No. 10 Georgia Tech.

"Hopefully, it's not too bad," Boulware said. "I think it's just something real minor."

Boulware, brother of former NFL standout Peter, was injured when a fullback landed on his foot near the end of practice. He received treatment after practice.

RAIN CUTS IT SHORT: FSU got in 20 periods of work before heavy rains forced coaches to end practice 10 minutes early. Coach Bobby Bowden said today's practice would run slightly longer to make up for the lost time.

"We had a pretty good practice, a pretty rough practice," Bowden said. "It was one of the roughest Tuesday practices we've had. Tuesday is the real big work day so thank goodness we did get it in."

MAYBE HE WILL LEARN SOMETHING: Former Ohio State coach John Cooper was a guest at practice as he continues to provide in-depth insight into the Seminoles for ESPN.

MADDOX SIDELINED: Starting running back Nick Maddox was held out of contact drills because of a hip pointer sustained during Saturday's 29-7 win over Alabama-Birmingham. -- ALEX ABRAMS, Times wires

Injury breaks DT's streak

ORLANDO -- Starting defensive tackle Josh McKibben will not play against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Knights' home opener. McKibben sprained his left knee during the game at Syracuse. For McKibben, it will snap a streak of 35 straight games played, and it will mark the first game of his UCF career in which he will not play.

It was the first time UCF has been able to practice outside in full pads since Sept. 4.

INJURY REPORT: Defensive end Brent Bolar will not dress Saturday, and he continues his long rehabilitation from preseason knee surgery. -- Times wires

QB wants to pull plug on rival

GAINESVILLE -- If the lights go out in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, quarterback Rex Grossman will know why.

Grossman said Tuesday morning that the Florida-Tennessee reminded him a bit of a high school rivalry he had from nearby Martinsville, Ind.

"Their fans were meaner than hell. It was great," Grossman said. "They would try anything in the book, like turning the lights out during the play. It was crazy, they would start fights with our fans. I'm not real proud of Martinsville, Indiana."

Grossman said pulled out four wins against the rival school but that now his efforts are concentrated at Florida.

"I forgot about Martinsville, I don't care about Martinsville anymore. I hate Tennessee," Grossman said. -- DEBI JONES

Miami works out

CORAL GABLES -- After a team meeting to discuss whether preparations should continue for their game with Washington -- it was postponed later Tuesday -- the Hurricanes held a two-hour practice. While the workout was a productive one, their hearts and minds were on the tragedies that took place elsewhere. "It's certainly an unprecedented day in our history and something that has everyone in a state of shock," coach Larry Coker said. "Words cannot describe what you feel on a day like this. It's a tragedy of such tremendous proportions. We're distracted, but the team decided that practicing would do them some good. They decided on their own that practicing might give them a little normalcy and that they need that right now." -- Times wires

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