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Bowden kicks around

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden once again made a change in his kicking game after Saturday's last-second field-goal attempt sailed wide right.

Placekicker Matt Munyon, who missed two field goals in the 27-24 loss to Miami, will be used only for attempts 39 yards and longer. Sophomore Chance Gwaltney will attempt short field goals and extra points.

"We just need consistency," Bowden said Monday. "We need extra points, and if we go for a short field goal, we simply have to have it."

None of FSU's three placekickers has proven to be reliable. Munyon and Gwaltney have split most of the duty. Freshman Brett Cimorelli of Zephyrhills continues to struggle in practice.

INJURY QUESTIONS: Defensive end Jamal Reynolds had an MRI on his right knee. The results were unknown. Linebacker Michael Boulware had X-rays on his right ankle to determine the severity of the injury. Boulware will be held out of practice this week and is expected to miss Saturday's game against Duke.

WEINKE HONORED: Quarterback Chris Weinke was named ACC co-offensive back of the week after he passed for a career-high 496 yards and three touchdowns. Virginia tailback Antwoine Womack was the other honoree.

Leavitt: LB Marc on hold

TAMPA -- South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said he will not know the future of Vassay Marc until next week.

The senior linebacker has a herniated disc in his neck and did not play Saturday against Southern Miss.

"We are not going to get him checked out until next week," Leavitt said. "It will give him a chance to settle down."

The Bulls have a bye this week, giving Marc and several injured players the chance to heal before the Oct. 21 home game against Liberty.

Defensive end Shawn Hay (ankle), running back Derrick Rackard (ankle), and tight end Dan Rodimer (concussion) did not practice. Linebacker Anthony Williams (knee) had a light practice.

LIGHTER THAN USUAL: Because of the bye week, the Bulls will not have the long practices they had last week. Leavitt said he will give the players Friday, Saturday and Sunday off.

KICKING KINKS: After two blocks Saturday, the punting team worked on getting kicks off for 15 minutes. "We got right to it and tried to shore some things up," Leavitt said. "Got to get back in the saddle."

Weather pleases northerners

GAINESVILLE -- It was a sweat pants and sweat shirts dream for the northern players as the temperature for Florida's practice fell into the 50s.

"Carlos Perez (from Hoboken, N.J.) had his best practice of the year and (so did) Keiwan Ratliff (Columbus, Ohio)," coach Steve Spurrier said. "(They) were jumping around tonight. That was encouraging."

The freshman were not only ones to have a good practice.

Spurrier said quarterback Jesse Palmer, from Nepean, Ontario, practiced well but still would be the backup to redshirt freshman Rex Grossman on Saturday when the Gators play Auburn.

CENTER REMAINS: Center David Jorgensen was replaced by Thomas Hillard on Saturday, but Spurrier said Jorgensen still was the better of the two.

"(Jorgensen) graded the highest," Spurrier said. "We just have to work on his shotgun snaps and his blocking."

Jorgensen snapped a ball over the head of Grossman for the third time this season.

SPURRIER TO BE 100 PERCENT: Spurrier, who injured his eye after running into a wall during a table tennis game, said the injury is better. "I should be 100 percent on Thursday for my TV show," he said.

INJURY UPDATE: Wide receiver Alex Willis (left ankle) and running back Bo Carroll (right ankle) are probable for Saturday. Receivers Reche Caldwell (left ankle) and Taylor Jacobs (hip) and cornerback Lito Sheppard (right hamstring) are questionable. Guard Erik Strange (left knee) will not play.

Kruczek keeps them hangin' on

ORLANDO -- UCF got back to the basics in practice, reinstating fumble drills. The Golden Knights have fumbled 12 times in the past two games, losing eight.

"They are correctable," coach Mike Kruczek said. "Doing the little things correctly is what football comes down to. We're working ball security drills and holding the ball against our rib cage a little tighter."

A rash of injuries has resulted in some depth chart changes for Saturday's game against Eastern Kentucky. With free safety Tommy Shavers out with a concussion, junior Ricot Joseph will start. Linebacker Elliot Shorter will move to the secondary to backup up Joseph and strong safety Damian Demps.

Receiver Kenny Clark (ankle), defensive tackle Jeff Mauldin (knee), defensive end Don Page (ankle), and linebacker Rachaud Smith (ankle) practiced but wore non-contact jerseys.

Rattlers take the day off

TALLAHASSEE -- After losing 12-10 to Grambling, Florida A&M decided not to practice, instead holding a team meeting to plan for Saturday's home game against defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T.

"We're giving our guys an opportunity to rest and heal," coach Billy Joe said. "We have a lot of bumps and bruises, sprains and strains and pains. ... A day off the field will also give us a chance to do some serious think-tank studying."

Dorsey receives national honor

CORAL GABLES -- Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey was named Rivals.com national player of the week. The sophomore from Orinda, Calif., completed 27 of 42 for 328 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Hurricanes over Florida State 27-24. Dorsey also earned Big East co-player of the week with Syracuse quarterback Troy Nunes. Hurricanes linebacker Dan Morgan won conference defensive player of the week.

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