Ready to Go

Florida State defensive end <b>Alex Boston</b> is ready to make up for lost time. Boston, who missed last season following reconstructive knee surgery, says he's nearing full strength for the start of practice on Monday. Boston was a regular during the Seminoles' conditioning drills. Click here for an update.

Alex Boston is raring to go.

Boston, who is nearing full strength following reconstructive knee surgery in February 2003, was a regular during Florida State's summer conditioning drills.

The powerfully-built Boston, who is up near 260 pounds, participated in a majority of the drills. He displayed the noted quickness and speed that made him one of the country's most athletic defensive players at Bartow High School.

Boston said he also concentrated on squats and leg extensions in the weight room in an effort to prepare his knee for the rigors of practice.

"I feel great and I am looking forward to getting started," Boston said.

Boston tore his anterior cruciate ligament (right knee) playing high school soccer. Boston has since rehabbed, participated in spring drills and played on the Seminole baseball team. Boston says his knee feels sound.

"I feel like I am 100 percent. I am going to keep working hard," he said and smiled.

Defensive end should be more than alright for the Seminoles this season.

Eric Moore blossomed into one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top pass-rushers as a junior. Chauncey Davis is expected to build on a 2003 season that saw him finish with just two sacks. However, he finished fourth on the team in quarterback hurries (nine) and tackles for a loss (eight).

Kamerion Wimbley, a junior who has played extensively each of his first two seasons, was the top backup at both end positions in the spring. Willie Jones, Jr., should be fine following last year's Achilles' injury, while Boston, Darrell Burston and D. J. Norris will play vital roles as well.

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