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When FSU coach Bobby Bowden mentioned his receivers during Sunday's media day, he pointed to a pair of key newcomers. Of course, one is redshirt freshman <b> Chris Davis.</b> The other is <b> Chauncey Stovall,</b> once considered the top junior college prospect nationally. Stovall is looking to make an impact after a redshirt season in 2002. "I am having a good time, just trying to concentrate on the little things right now," Stovall said Tuesday. Click here for the details.

When Florida State coach Bobby Bowden mentioned his receivers during Sunday's media day, he pointed to a pair of important newcomers.

Of course, one is redshirt freshman Chris Davis, a multi-talented sensation from St. Petersburg Catholic. Davis' incredible quickness and athletic ability have drawn comparisons to former FSU receiver Peter Warrick.

The second addition is Chauncey Stovall, once considered the top junior college prospect nationally. Stovall, who was redshirted last season after arriving from Hinds Community College in Mississippi, is noted for his soft hands and toughness in the air.

"I am having a good time, just trying to concentrate on the little things right now," Stovall said following Tuesday‘s practice.

Stovall certainly has a sparkling track record. He scored 64 touchdowns and accounted for more than 4,800 yards of total offense during his prep career at Vero Beach High School. Just as prolific at Hinds CC, Stovall finished with 107 receptions for 1,735 yards and 16 scores in two seasons.

Stovall, who originally signed with FSU three years ago but was ruled academically ineligible, had hoped to make a favorable first impression last summer. However, his highly-anticipated arrival for preseason drills was delayed nearly a week as the university waited on his transcripts.

Once cleared, Stovall discovered one obvious difference from the JUCO ranks -- FSU ran its pass routes off of steps rather than yards. He also was not in the best of shape and struggled with his quickness.

"At first it was pretty frustrating but then I sat down and thought about it and knew it was a good move," Stovall said..

"I got the chance to learn the offense and now it's about coming out this season and producing."

Stovall, who earned the offensive award for most improved receiver during spring drills, is currently running second team at split end behind P.K. Sam. Willie Reid and Joey Kaleikini also are in the mix for playing time.

It's a competitive battle, too.

FSU receivers are graded on a point system for catches and misses during practice. One play can make the difference in that day's rotation.

"We have a nice group out there," Stovall said.

"That point system makes us compete against each other but at the same time we also are pulling for each other as well. There's a lot of rotating going on right now."

As Bowden said, Stovall is expected to be an important newcomer this year. And he wouldn't want it any other way.

"One of my goals over the summer was to get trimmer and slimmed up, but I still weigh 215 pounds -- the same as last year," Stovall said.

"But the difference is I feel better and stronger. It (body) just looks slimmer (smiling). I am just going out there and competing. Everyone is telling me I am stronger than most of the corners, so I need to use that strength. I am happy with the way things are going. Right now, we are all just trying to make each other better."


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