Practice Report

FSU's special teams have been adequate two games into the season. However, the 'Noles suddenly have injury concerns at punter. Jessie Stein, who is averaging 42.8 yards per punt, injured his left knee (plant leg) Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday. Fitted with a brace, Stein is not scheduled to kick again until Friday, according to coach Bobby Bowden. Meanwhile, backup <b>Chris Hall </b> has a sore back. However, both said they will be ready for Georgia Tech Saturday.

Florida State's special teams have been adequate two games into the season.

However, the Seminoles suddenly have injury concerns at punter.

Jessie Stein, who is averaging 42.8 yards per punt, injured his left knee (plant leg) Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday.

Fitted with a brace, Stein is not scheduled to kick again until Friday, according to coach Bobby Bowden. Meanwhile, backup Chris Hall has a sore back. However, both players said they will be ready for Saturday's home showdown against Georgia Tech. Kickoff is 8 p.m.

"He (Stein) thinks he will be okay," Bowden said. "If not, then we will go with Chris."

Kicker Xavier Beitia, has converted just one of three field goals with a block. However, he nailed a 52-yarder Wednesday and continues to look strong on kickoffs.

Holder Joey Kaleikini said he has moved his spot closer to the line of scrimmage by one-half yard.

"The first couple of games everyone has been feeling each other out," Kaleikini said.

"I think everyone feels more comfortable with the tempo of the game. I think we have it figured it out. We moved the spot up a half-a-yard to get a quicker time, and I think that might have had something to do with it (block). He's still putting his kickoff in the end zone every day. He's looking great and there's nothing to worry about."

Kicker Brett Cimorelli has returned to the team after playing professional baseball this summer in the Anaheim Angels organization. Cimorelli, however, is not in the mix for playing time.> "He's back out there competing," Bowden said of Cimorelli.

LOOKING FINE

Injuries also continue to be a concern at tailback, where Greg Jones, Willie Reid and Ryan Reynolds are expected to carry the bulk of the load against the Yellow Jackets.

Joslin Shaw was moved from receiver to tailback Monday in an effort to provide depth. However, Shaw only will play in case of emergency.

Reynolds is a former walk-on who was placed on scholarship this summer. He received his first two career carries against Maryland last Saturday.

"I want to be on a championship team and get older and get to say I got to play with some of these guys like Willie and Greg and tell my kids all these stories," Reynolds said. "But I want to make my own mark also."

HIGHLIGHTS

Practicing in shells (helmets, shoulders pads and shorts), the Seminoles started with individual skills before working on the Georgia Tech offense and defense against scout teams, according to FSU's Sports Information Department.

Next the offensive passing attack went up against the secondary in 5-on-5 drills, while the lineman focused on both ends of pass rushing. The day concluded with an 11-on-11 scrimmage.

The final portion of the scrimmage was a one-minute drill with the goal of setting up a game-winning field goal. Going up against the second-team defense, the number one offense failed to get the field goal team onto the gridiron. The number two offense faired better, moving the ball to the 35-yard line versus the first-team defense and setting up a 52-yard field goal by Xavier Beitia.

During the number two offense's march down the field, as well as the drive by the first-team squad, freshman running back Marlon Napier, of Tallahassee Rickards, was heavily involved. Facing the second-team defense, he posted a 20-yard run, while catching a 15-yard screen pass from Fabian Walker to set up the field goal.

"My motivation is that I'm playing for the best team in the nation," Napier said.

"We have history, tradition, character and a legendary coach. A lot of guys can't say that they are playing for a legendary coach and that keeps me going. I have two younger brothers and my mother and it motivates me to work harder so I can get out there and she can have a chance to see me play."

QUICK CHAT

Here's what Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey had to say about the Seminoles:

Talk about Greg Jones and his play

"It looks like fully recovered from all of the injuries that he had last year. He is what everybody thought that he would be. Size, speed, he's got it all. He's got some wiggle to him, and lot of times those big backs don't have that. He's got a little bit of that. This will be the stiffest challenge by far that we have had so far."

Talk about chris Rix

"The thing that he'll do is that he doesn't mind pulling it down and running with it and making some things happen as well. When he gets flustered, he doesn't take the sack very often, or throw it away, he'll make something happen with his feet. It poses a different set of problems for us this week with him at quarterback. As we've stated before, Jones is a great runner, they've got a good offensive line, they've always got a stable of good receivers, and Rix, for the first two games, has played very well this year."

FSU has a certain swagger when they have those great teams, are you starting to see that on film?

"I don't know about swagger, but they sure are playing good."

Do they have those corners again?

"Yeah, they have those good corners. Just name a spot, they're good."

How do you prepare (quarterback) Reggie (Ball) for what FSU might throw at him, defensively, this week?

"Well I think that the first thing you do is you don't clutter Reggie's mind with what-ifs? If you start cluttering his mind with what-ifs, then you're going to have a paralyzed quarterback out there. You have to let him watch the film, and we'll work off what we've seen on film, and if something new is thrown out there, then we'll adjust in the game. If you start the what-if question with him on Tuesday and Wednesday, then all of a sudden, you've got a guy that's confused walking into the game. If a guy gets confused during the game, we can solve that problem, but you don't want a guy confused walking into the game."


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