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FSU quarterback <b>Chris Rix</b> admitted he goofed. However, his latest misdeed won't cost him his starting position Saturday at Duke. Rix used an unauthorized handicapped parking sticker on campus last week and paid a $100 fine after fellow students told police. The story was reported Monday by the Associated Press. "I definitely made a mistake, and trying not to be late, late for class, parked somewhere I shouldn't have parked," he said. Click here for more, including an injury report.

Florida State quarterback Chris Rix admitted he goofed. However, his latest misdeed won't cost him his starting position Saturday at Duke.

Rix used an unauthorized handicapped parking sticker on campus last week and paid a $100 fine after fellow students told police. The story was reported Monday by the Associated Press.

Rix, who is coming a record-setting performance against Colorado last weekend, is being disciplined by coach Bobby Bowden, who downplayed the event.

"I handle the discipline," Bowden said. "He's just like any other student. We have university police who handle that stuff. I will handle the football part. It ain't very newsy to me."

Students recognized Rix as he parked his sports utility vehicle near one of his classes last Thursday, and chastised him as he walked away. They then left a note on his windshield and called police, who put a lock on a tire so the vehicle couldn't be moved, school officials said.

Rix explained his actions following the Seminoles' Monday practice, saying the placard belonged to an elderly woman who is a family friend. Rix said he occasionally drives the woman to the hospital for medicine and did so last week.

Rix said he rushed to class following the trip and parked in a handicap spot not to be late.

"I thought I'd be OK for an hour," Rix said.

"I came out, and there was a boot on my car. They thought – I think they believed it was a false, a counterfeit placard. They checked it out and found out it was legit, and a friend of my family's. I feel bad for what I did.

"I definitely made a mistake, and trying not to be late, late for class, parked somewhere I shouldn't have parked. It was a legal placard that belongs to a lady in her mid-70s, she's a friend of my family. But (I) definitely regret it, and shouldn't have parked there. That's about it, and it won't happen again."

Rix, who was suspended for the Sugar Bowl after skipping two final exams, has put in extra conditioning this week for his poor judgment.

"Coach Bowden has been running me extra in the morning for this week, just trying to make me learn my lesson for that and make sure it doesn't happen again," Rix said.

"I apologized to the Parking Services people, as I would not be happy, if I was a handicapped person and I saw someone who was not handicapped parking in that spot. It definitely won't happen again."

BACK IN ACTION

Tailbacks Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker returned to practice Monday as the sixth-ranked Seminoles started preparations for the Blue Devils. However, a decision on the pair's status won't be made until later this week.

Washington has not played since suffering a dislocated right elbow against North Carolina Aug. 30, while Booker aggravated his ankle and suffered a knee sprain against Maryland Sept. 6.

"I am feeling great. I have a lot of motion back in it (elbow)," Washington said.

"I will practice this week and I will see how it goes. I am going to make the trip, I am going to dress out this weekend. If it comes down to me having to play, I will play."

Added Booker, who also said he felt he was recovered enough to return to action: "I am waiting to find out myself if I am going to play."

BROE TO START

In other injury news, guard Eric Broe is expected to make his first career start against the Blue Devils in place of starter Bobby Meeks. Meeks, who has been plagued by asthma since preseason drills and did not practice Monday, is expected to have his tonsils removed Wednesday.

"I am really excited. This will be a great opportunity for me," Broe said. "I am just trying to take advantage of it and help my team."

Also, linebacker Kendyll Pope (left knee) said he will be available for the Duke game though he did not participate in team drills. Pope was injured in FSU's 47-7 victory over Colorado last Saturday and replaced by sophomore A.J. Nicholson.

GROUND GAME

While the Seminoles are coming off an impressive aerial show against the Buffaloes -- Rix threw for a career-best 394 yards and two touchdowns -- FSU coach Bobby Bowden expects a familiar defensive scheme from the Blue Devils.

"We did not run very well against them last year," Bowden said.

"They brought everybody up. They blitzed safeties, they blitzed corners, they brought linebackers. You simply can not block all of them. You better be able to throw the football. If they are going to back off, then you are going to run. A lot of times the other team will dictate that by the way they are playing. But I imagine they will take the same approach that everybody else takes nowadays -- stop the run, stop the run."

FSU was held to 113 rushing yards on 32 attempts, but Rix, Adrian McPherson and Fabian Walker combined for 404 passing yards and four touchdowns in the 48-17 victory.

HONORS

Receiver Craphonso Thorpe earned ACC's Offensive Back of the Week honors following his performance against Colorado. Thorpe had a career-high 205 yards on a career-high eight catches to rank eighth on the Seminoles' single game receiving yardage list. Thorpe leads the league with 94.5 yards per game (20th nationally) and ranks third in conference all-purpose yards (111.5).


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