Marcello Church, who expects to be ready for the Seminoles' opener at Miami. Click here for an update. "> Marcello Church, who expects to be ready for the Seminoles' opener at Miami. Click here for an update. ">

Feeling Better

<b>Florida State </b>will hold its final preseason scrimmage tonight. The session will be a "thud" for the first-teamers, meaning that hitting on defense and cutting on offense will be prohibited. FSU coaches made the decision based on the rash of minor injuries to key players during the past two weeks. One of those recovering players is linebacker <b>Marcello Church,</b> who expects to be ready for the Seminoles' opener at Miami. Click here for an update.

Florida State's season is coming into focus.

The Seminoles will attend the Kickoff Luncheon today at the Civic Center. The final scrimmage of the preseason is scheduled for tonight in Doak Campbell Stadium.

The team will receive a welcomed reprieve this weekend before turning its full attention to the Miami Hurricanes next week. This also will give FSU's injured an opportunity to heal.

One of those injured who is making a nice recovery is junior weakside linebacker Marcello Church, who suffered a right ankle sprain two weeks ago in practice.

Church, who backs up a recovering A.J. Nicholson, expects to be ready for the Hurricanes.

"I am around 80 percent right now," Church told TheTerritory following Thursday's practice.

Church, who played behind Michael Boulware at strongside linebacker last season, has been wearing a blue non-contact jersey. He also wears a brace on his ankle for protection.

"I am getting my strength back. I am still getting a little pain when I cut, but I am feeling better."

Church also likes the progress of the Seminoles' defense.

"We lost a lot of people from last year, but it doesn't look like it on the field," Church said. "This defense is going to be fast. It's going to be quicker (than last year)."

Church also wants to take more of a leadership role this season because "I have to. I've been around here long enough. It's time to be a leader."

Church says the Seminoles' full attention will be on the Hurriances next week. The two teams kick off their season on Monday, Sept. 6, in the Orange Bowl.

"We really haven't looked much at last year's games," Church said. "We know what to expect from Miami."


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