Tuesday Practice Tidbits

TALLAHASSEE – University president T.K. Wetherell made an appearance at Florida State's practice fields Tuesday, an occurrence that has become increasingly frequent since Wetherell replaced Talbot D'Alamberte two years ago.


Wetherell, a former Seminole halfback who once returned a kickoff 102 yards on a lateral from a teammate, spoke to the team earlier in the week and has planned a pep rally with live music to send the Seminoles off before their trip to Miami.

"You like to see him out here because he knows what's going on," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "He's got it in his blood. At some other schools, presidents wouldn't take the time but here it's different."

LINEBACKER UPDATE

The status of freshman linebacker Rodney Gallon is still unknown. Bowden said that Gallon had an MRI today but that the initial indication from the training staff was that Gallon's injury was severe.

A.J. Nicholson returned to action. The junior was padded out but wore a non-contact jersey.

Fellow linebacker Ernie Sims also practiced, but did not wear pads. Sims is battling bouts with minor concussions that he discovered came from a flaw in his tackling technique. Sims is also being outfitted with a special helmet with extra padding.

"I'm finding out now that all this time when I've been punishing other people, I've been punishing myself, too," said Sims, who was told to lead with his shoulders instead of his head. "I'm going to really sit down and study the way I tackle in order to keep this from happening."

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