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Florida State's <B>Dominic Robinson </b> will start at the flanker position, Saturday, instead of Craphonso Thorpe, who is suspended for one-game for failing to meet academic standards. <B>Chris Davis </b> will cover flanker in three-wide, while Robinson will remain in the slot position. Last season, Robinson started in place of Thorpe when he went down with a broken leg against NC State and was unavailable for the final two games.

Florid State wide receiver Dominic Robinson has been waiting for this moment a long time.

It's not so much getting the start, he's had those in the past. The difference, this time, is that Robinson will see his face appear on the big screen in Doak Campbell, Saturday, when the starting lineups are announced for the match-up against Duke.

And his mom will be there, too.

"That's what I'm excited about," Robinson said.

"They‘ve been saying they're going to put me up there since my sophomore year since I've been starting in three wide, something always happens. My mom's at game and she's going to see me up on the big board."

Robinson said his mom only makes it to about three or four games a year, usually the rivalry games against Miami and Florida, the bowl game, and one of the home games.

On the field, Robinson will fill in for WR Craphonso Thorpe at the flanker position. Thorpe is serving a one-game suspension for failure to meet academic standards, coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday. Robinson started in place of Thorpe in the final two games of the 2003 season, when Thorpe was sidelined with a broken leg.

Robinson has spent this season as a back-up to Thorpe, and would cover the slot position when the Seminoles went into three-wide receiver sets. Robinson said that he will remain in the slot position, Saturday, if Florida State goes into three-wide, while WR Chris Davis slides into flanker.

"I'll go back to the slot and Chris (Davis) will cover where he's been playing," Robinson said.

"It will be like when Cro gets tired. Chris Davis comes in on the outside and I stay where I am. I don't have to prepare any different, but it's going to be a lot harder for me because I'll be getting a lot more reps in practice, now that we only have three receivers."

WR Roger Hallback will back-up Davis and Robinson. Hallback, a Plant City native, walked on during spring practice as a running back and was moved to receiver by the coaches.

Robinson is the third on the team in receptions this year, catching 12 for 207 yards and one touchdown. He's had a pair of 81 yard games the past two weeks against Wake Forest and Maryland. Robinson snagged the longest reception of his career (46 yards) against the Demon Deacons.

Last season, Robinson had a career game against Florida with 102 yards and a touchdown on five catches, but followed it with a dull performance in the Orange Bowl.

Robinson said the next few games will provide validation if he's able to maintain his production, unlike 2003.

"After two weeks ago I was kind of scared for last weeks game because the last time I had a game like that we went down to Miami for the Orange Bowl and I didn't catch a pass," Robinson said.

"I was little concerned to see if I could come back with multiple catch games."

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