Turn To Shine

Florida State receivers have been challenged this spring by offensive coordinator <b>Jeff Bowden.</b> One player who has made a nice impression early has been <b>Chauncey Stovall,</b> who caught 15 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns last season in a reserve role.

Florida State receiver Chauncey Stovall understands the Seminoles offense. He feels much more comfortable in his route-running. He knows what's expected.

Better yet, Stovall is making the most of his opportunity this spring to be the impact performer FSU so desperately needs on the edges.

Stovall, a senior from Vero Beach, headlined the team's first intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, catching four passes from 132 yards in a big-play display. The scrimmage was held at Gene Cox Municipal Stadium, because of the resodding of Doak Campbell Stadium.

"We don't have but two seniors (among receivers)... me and D- Rob (Dominic Robinson) so we have to be leaders," Stovall said.

"I feel a lot more comfortable with my routes and my catching than I did last year."

Stovall, a junior-college transfer from Hinds Community College in Mississippi, was ranked as the No. 2 JUCO receiver and the No. 11 overall junior college prospect by Street and Smith's.

Following a redshirt season in 2002, Stovall caught 15 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns last season as hee played sparingly behind Craphonso Thorpe and P.K. Sam.

Much has changed.

Thorpe is out while healing a broken leg, while Sam surprised just about everyone by opting early for the NFL.

The receiver corps is further thinned this spring with Willie Reid healing from off-season ankle surgery. Plus, Lorne Sam and first-year player DeCody Fagg, who attended Hargrave Military Academy last year and continues to recover from a broken leg, were held out of contact Saturday with minor injuries.

"Right before spring, me and Coach (Jeff Bowden, offensive coordinator) talked, and with the absence of Cro (Thorpe) and P.K. going pro, he told me I had to be one of the leaders," Stovall said.

"That's what I tried to do (Saturday)."


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