Wednesday Practice Report

The Florida State football team was able to get in one last practice session Wednesday before departing for Miami. The defense worked out on the practice fields while offense scrimmaged against a scout team in Doak Campbell Stadium amidst simulated crowd noise.

The Seminoles worked out for 16 periods in shorts and helmets before breaking. They will leave via charter flight for Miami at 1 p.m. tomorrow and have a short walk-thru in the evening.

Head coach Bobby Bowden was present for some of the workout before departing for Fort Walton Beach to attend the funeral of his grandson and former son-in-law. He and son Jeff will attend services and travel separately.

On the injury front, Bobby Meeks remains doubtful for the game. David Castillo will be a gameday decision.

"I'm ready and willing," Castillo said. "If they elect to start (John) Frady that's their choice but if not I'm ready for action. It's up to them."


Freshman center Dumaka Atkins will sit the opener after injuring his left foot. Atkins said he would receive results on his MRI later this evening.

Atkins will likely redshirt this year regardless, but brother Baraka – a starting defensive end for Miami – will play a big role. Dumaka says they've spoken a lot this week but there hasn't been any trash talk.

"It'll be fun," he said. "I don't want to wish nothing bad on my family. I hope he plays well but he loses. We just enjoy playing football, so it's all fun. There's not too much trash talking."

College choices were easy for both brothers.

"When we were growing up my brother wanted to come to Florida State but they never offered him. I never got an offer from Miami. I went to the game last year when they lost to Tennessee. They really needed that win to pick up their season but I got away and that kind of hurt him a little bit."

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