Learning Process

Florida State redshirt freshman defensive end <b>Alex Boston</b> continues to make positive strides for the Seminoles. While Boston has played sparingly on defense this season, he has contributed on special teams and feels more comfortable all-around.

A rash of ankle injuries along Florida State's defensive line last week caused a shuffle in the starting lineup against Syracuse.

Kamerion Wimbley made his second career start at defensive end in place of Eric Moore, while Clifton Dickson made his first start in place of Brodrick Bunkley at tackle.

While Bunkley is expected back for the Seminoles' home game against sixth-ranked Virginia on Saturday, Moore's status remains questionable.

That means Wimbley should start at right end with Willie Jones as his backup. Chauncey Davis, the starter at left end, is backed by Darrell Burston.

One defensive end FSU fans are anxious to see is redshirt freshman Alex Boston of Bartow.

Boston missed last season following reconstructive knee surgery - Boston was injured during a high school soccer game his senior season.

FSU defensive ends coach Jody Allen says Boston continues to make strides.

"Alex knows his assignments pretty good -- it's just the quickness-type stuff that's got him right now," Allen said.

"He's going to be a fine player. I hope he comes on."

Boston also believes he's making progress.

"I've been practicing hard and overall I feel confident and I am getting better. I am happy about it," Bartow told TheTerritory following Tuesday's practice.

"I am getting my footwork down and coming off the ball. Basically, I am telling myself not to think too much out there -- just have fun."

Boston has just two tackles but he also contributes on special teams. The good-natured Boston says he's not discouraged by his lack of playing time on defense, believing his time will come.

"I am getting one or two plays each game and I feel confident out there," Boston said.

"You have better athletes compared to high school, but overall it's all the same -- everyone is out there playing hard and having fun.

"My confidence is good. My knee is fine. I am not worried about getting injured anymore. I am just going out there and playing."

A member of the Seminoles baseball team last season, Boston, an outfielder, says he plans on playing again this spring.

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