By BRIAN LANDMAN, DEBI JONES, Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State cornerback Tay Cody, who missed three practices with an intestinal virus that required IV fluids on Wednesday, returned Thursday.
"He had a good practice today," coach Bobby Bowden said.
"This was the most I'd ever been out from practice," Cody said. "But I'm feeling better from the IV. I did everything today."
Senior linebacker Brian Allen, the defensive captain and co-leader in tackles, also was at practice a day after spraining his neck, but didn't participate in drills.
The team concludes pre-Christmas workouts this morning. After holiday break, the team reconvenes Wednesday in Miami.
Sophomore receiver Talman Gardner, dogged by lower back problems, returned to practice, which was key with Marvin "Snoop" Minnis academically ineligible and out of the Orange Bowl.
FULLBACK QUESTION: Junior William McCray, a starter much of the year and a short-yardage specialist with eight touchdowns, said he hopes his left hamstring improves during the break. He was injured before the Florida game and it has bothered him since.
"Hopefully, when I go full speed with it (in Miami)," he said.
MORE MINNIS: Minnis won't be allowed to attend practices or stand on the sideline during the game, Bowden said.
INJURY UPDATE: Bowden said he expects senior offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas (knee), junior receiver Robert Morgan (toe) or senior tight end Nick Franklin (knee), the former Osceola star, to practice in Miami. -- BRIAN LANDMAN
GAINESVILLE -- The Gators held their final practice before breaking for the holidays.
Florida will begin practicing again for the Sugar Bowl Thursday in New Orleans. The Gators were bothered by the cold, cutting practice short most of the week and practicing indoors several times.
"We had our typical little practices, we bumped heads a little bit," coach Steve Spurrier said. "I think we have a general game plan. We don't have it perfected by any means, but we have got an idea of what we need to do."
BERLIN TIME: During the preseason, freshman quarterback Brock Berlin was pushing for the starting job, but he has played four of 12 games this season.
"Certainly looking back, we should have redshirted seven or eight guys that we didn't," Spurrier said.
GATORS FACE FORMER SIGNEE: Santonio Thomas signed with Miami after not being admitted to Florida. The Sugar Bowl gives the defensive lineman a chance to face the Gators sooner than expected.
"Santonio was a good player," offensive lineman Kenyatta Walker said. " ... I wish he would have come here, but he is just another Miami dude over there." SENIOR BOWL: Quarterback Jesse Palmer and defensive tackles Buck Gurley and Derrick Chambers will play Jan. 13 in the Citrus Bowl. The game pits players from the state against stars from the rest of the country. -- DEBI JONES
CORAL GABLES -- Former Miami quarterback Steve Walsh, who played with six NFL teams, including Indianapolis in 1999, was at practice Wednesday coaching redshirt quarterbacks Derrick Crudup and T.J. Prunty, and said he is helping starter Ken Dorsey. ... Defensive end Jevon Rhodes (kidney) is not practicing. ... Cornerback Leonard Myers has a sprained left ankle and turf toe on his left foot. -- TIMES WIRES