Feeling Good

Florida State continued its preparation on Monday for its season-opener at Miami. Although FSU coach <b>Bobby Bowden</b> has been pleased with the Seminoles' progress, the veteran coach says his team must continue to improve. Starting guard <b>Matt Meinrod</b> also is upbeat about the Seminoles' effort leading to the opener against the Hurricanes. Click here for an update.

With its season-opener at Miami just two weeks away, the Florida State Seminoles are obviously focusing on the Hurricanes.

FSU also is focusing on itself.

"We know we've got to concentrate on Miami," Bowden said following Monday's practice.

"We're still trying to get our timing. On offense our biggest problem is missed assignments, getting our bonnets on the right guy. I think we are where we hoped we would be. We are not where we need to be, but we've got two more weeks."

FSU junior guard Matt Meinrod has been pleased with the Seminoles' effort. In fact, Meinrod says the team's confidence is soaring.

"We are thinking right now it's not if we are going to win but it's by how much we are going to win. That's our confidence level right now, and that goes for anybody we play this year," Meinrod said.

Meinrod, who started all 13 games at split guard last season, including his first career start against North Carolina, has developed into team leader for the Seminoles.

Considered an exceptional blocker, the personable Meinrod is excited about FSU's offensive potential.

The reasons?

"Experience. Chris Rix is looking as good as any time I have ever seen him play. I am not saying that -- he is really playing well," Meinrod said.

"The receivers are really catching the ball. We are holding out (Lorenzo) Booker and (Leon) Washington, they are barely getting any reps but when they do, we're breaking them off for 30-yards a carry.

"And the offensive line is really in-sync. We are opening up holes. It doesn't matter what defense we are seeing so far. I don't see a weak link on the offense. Even depth. God forbid somebody gets hurt, I think the backups can fill in at this point."


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