Picking Up The Pace

Florida State padded out for the first time this spring Wednesday afternoon, working 26 periods in perfect weather conditions. The Seminoles spent the first 12 periods going through conditioning drills and positional work. The last 14 periods, the offense went at the defense full speed for the first time since pre-Orange Bowl practices. Also, click here for a bonus interview with receiver <b>Chauncey Stovall.</b>

FSU coach Bobby Bowden was pleased with the effort in Wednesday's practice.

"We had contact and some hitting today," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "We worked a little on blocking and tackling."

In goal line drills, the offense was able to score on five of eight attempts, including a toss sweep to Lorenzo Booker.


Ray Piquion, who has been sidelined since having surgery on his left shoulder, returned to action after Spring Break. He said all went well in full contact drills.

"My shoulder held up well," said Piquion, who injured the shoulder shedding a block in a December practice. The weakside linebacker had the surgery performed after FSU's 16-14 loss to Miami in the Orange Bowl.

Piquion is listed as the starting Will but will be pushed by Ernie Sims for reps in the coming weeks. With so much talent jockeying for the three vacant linebacker spots, Piquion knows that every snap in every practice counts.

"We are fighting each day for playing time," he said. "The competition makes us better."

He says Sims, Buster Davis, A.J. Nicholson, Barry Wright, and company don't talk very much about the competition outside of practice but know its there.

"I'm hoping to have this settled by the end of the spring."


Senior Chauncey Stovall could be the wildcard in the receiving corps come Sept. 6. Stovall, a senior junior college transfer came on late last season, performing well in losses to Clemson and Miami.

In his final season with the Seminoles, the 6'2" 220-lb pass catcher wants more.

"I'm really excited," Stovall told theterritory.com. "I'm ready to take a lead role in the unit. I think that with the guys coming back in the fall and what we have now, we'll be alright."

Stovall spent the break in Tallahassee working out with Anquan Boldin learning some tricks of the trade.

"I worked with Quan last week and he taught me a few things. It's great when guys like that come back and help out younger players who are trying to make themselves better."

Stovall likes the looks of an FSU receiving unit that features a wide array of talents behind top threat Craphonso Thorpe.

"We're diverse," he said.

"We have big guys like Dominic Robinson, Lorne Sam and myself and there's guys like Willie Reid and Chris Davis that are shifty."

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