Feeling Good

Senior <b>Chauncey Stovall</b> arrived at Florida State in 2002 as one of the country's most highly touted junior-college wide receivers. Following a redshirt season, Stovall made a nice impact a year ago. He backed up <b>P.K. Sam</b> and finished third on the team in receiving yards. Stovall is looking to end his collegiate career with a bang as the Seminoles continue their conditioning drills in preparation for the start of two-a-days next month.

Chauncey Stovall is taking the safe and cautious approach as Florida State continues its conditioning drills in preparation for the start of two-a-day practices next month.

While the team is off tonight following the conclusion of strength testing this afternoon -- players will max out in the squat as tailback Lorenzo Booker looks to hold off offensive lineman Matt Meinrod and defend his pound-for-pound strength title -- Stovall is making steady progress.

"My shoulder is coming back real strong. I am just trying to watch my legs a little bit right now because I strained my right hamstring a little bit a few weeks ago," Stovall said.

"But I am feeling good. I am trying to get my speed back and trying to stay in shape."

Stovall, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior from Vero Beach, is looking to end his collegiate career with a bang.

Stovall arrived at FSU in 2002 from Hinds Community College in Mississippi, where he was considered one of the nation's top juco receivers. Following a redshirt season, Stovall backed up P.K. Sam at split end in 2003.

He finished third on the team in receiving yards, catching 19 passes for 340 yards with two scores. Stovall played in all 13 games, starting four when the Seminoles opened with a three or four receiver set.

Stovall certainly ended the season on a good note, leading all receivers at the Orange Bowl against Miami with 79 yards on four catches. He recorded a career-high 131 yards on four catches and scored one touchdown at Clemson.

With the departure of P.K. Sam early to the NFL, Stovall is eager to fill any void. He spent the early part of summer working out locally with the Titus Sports Academy, mixing conditioning with strength training.

Stovall even caught some passes on Monday from former FSU quarterback Adrian McPherson, who stopped by to visit.

"I feel real comfortable right now. I can move at this weight, though I am going to try to get back to 215 pounds," Stovall said.

Stovall also believes the Seminoles' receiving corps will be just fine this year. Chris Davis, who had offseason ankle surgery, has been cleared to fully participate in conditioning drills after participating on a limited basis.

Lorne Sam, meanwhile, is expected back within two weeks after recently injuring his left foot while running a pass pattern. Sam watched Monday's conditioning drills and was still sporting a walking boot.

Craphonso Thorpe, of course, continues his recovery from a broken leg.

"We have a nice group of receivers this year. It would have been better if we still had P.K., but we still have a nice group of receivers," Stovall said.

"Like I said, I am real comfortable in the system. I've been here three years and it's coming real easy. It has gone by so quickly. This is my last year already and it seems like I just got here."

Stovall, who ranked second among receivers last season with a 17.4 yards per catch average, also is excited about opening the season against rival Miami. The game is expected to help set the tone for the remainder of the year.

"This offense has tons of potential -- I feel we just be able to come out scoring this year. Straight scoring," Stovall said and smiled. "The opener is going to be a big test, two powerhouse teams going at it. And we are going to come out on top."


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