Feeling Fine

Florida State's defense has already recorded 16 sacks this season for an average of 4.0 sacks per game. Last year, the Seminoles managed 36 sacks in 13 games. Defensive end <b>Chauncey Davis </b> leads the team with 2.5 sacks. Fellow defensive end <b>Eric Moore,</b> meanwhile, hopes to return for the Seminoles' game at Syracuse on Saturday. Click here for an update.

Ignore the protective boot on the left foot of Florida State defensive end Eric Moore.

That's what Moore is doing.

Moore, the Seminoles' starting defensive end who rolled his ankle on the first play in last Saturday's victory over North Carolina, is hoping to play in Saturday's game at Syracuse.

No kidding.

"I am okay. It's day-by-day -- I am trying to get better and I want to play on Saturday," Moore said. "I am trying to get back this week."

Although Moore's status for the Orange remains in doubt, the senior from Miami is pleased with the play of his fellow defensive ends thus far this season.

FSU's defense has already recorded 16 sacks this season for an average of 4.0 sacks per game. Last year, the Seminoles managed 36 sacks in 13 games.

Also, Seminole ends are doing their part in the groud game as well.

FSU ranks first in the ACC and fifth in the nation in rushing defense, giving up just 67.5 yards per game on the ground. The Seminoles limiting its opponents to a mere 2.2 yards per carry through the first four games of the season (270 yards allowed on 121 carries).

FSU is one of only nine teams in the nation to have allowed one or fewer rushing touchdown this season.

The longest rush against FSU is 23 yards by Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

"The thing is everyone is playing good -- all of the defensive ends have stepped it up," Moore said.

"If you look at the stats, those guys are playing well. They have more sacks than I do -- they are stepping up, which is making me step up (laughing)."

Kamerion Wimbley, who is playing on both sides, had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Tar Heels. He has played in all 31 games over his career.

Willie Jones, meanwhile, had one tackle againt UNC and led team with two sacks versus Alabama-Birmingham.

Moore is known for his consistency. He ranks 10th on FSU's all-time career list with 29 tackles for loss. Despite the injury, Moore credits summer conditioning for helping his solid start.

"I think it helped me a lot. I am much more explosive off the ball," said Moore, who worked with The Titus Sports Academy. "And if you are more explosive off the ball, you can see things much quicker."


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