FSU Football Notebook

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that national interest in Saturday's annual Florida-Florida State game is limited. According to the FSU Sports Information office, just two national media outlets had sent in credential requests as of Monday evening. Westwood One will broadcast the game as its national radio Game of the Week.


The other request came from a British organization called First Down Publications, a soccer-oriented magazine with an American football department.

Florida State Assistant Director of Athletics Rob Wilson estimated that as many as 30 national media outlets have covered the game in the past.

DEFENSE EARNS TOP SPOT: After its most suffocating performance of the season in last Thursday's 20-17 win at N.C. State, the FSU defense finally achieved a sought-after goal. The Seminoles now have the No. 1 rush defense in the nation, allowing just 69.1 yards per contest.

"That's been a motivation for us this season going into games," defensive end Chauncey Davis said. "Knowing that there were still teams ahead of us, better than us helped our play."

Davis learned Monday that he was named the ACC's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week along with N.C. State's Mario Williams. Davis totaled six tackles (four for loss), a sack, two quarterback hurries and forced a fumble against the Wolfpack.

DOAK FACTOR: Florida hasn't won a game in Tallahassee's Doak Campbell Stadium since 1986, when they handed the Seminoles a 17-13 defeat. Included, of course, is the infamous "Choke at Doak" in 1994 when FSU rallied from a 31-3 deficit with just over a quarter to play to escape with an unsettling 31-all tie.

This season the Seminoles are undefeated at home and are a shaky 3-2 on the road, having to rally for each victory.

"That's really the only advantage we have - we're playing Doak," junior center David Castillo said. "The way college football games have gone this season – it's very important. This is our house. We take pride when we play at home."

PRACTICE TIDBITS

Castillo practiced on Monday after missing the final three quarters against NC State with a dislocated finger. His status for Saturday has not yet been decided. Off the field, defensive end Chauncey Davis was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the week after recording four tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in last Thursday's win at NC State.

QUOTABLES

Coach Bobby Bowden

"I guess the biggest question mark we have is (David) Castillo. We worked him today just to see if he could snap the ball and from what I saw he did. I don't know what that means yet. That's kind of the biggest question mark of them all. They will probably operate on his hand next week. He did make his snaps today. We are going to see how he gets through the week, if he gets through the week he will be fine. We would like to do is redshirt (John) Frady if we could. Brian Ross did a good job against NC State. We are very pleased with the job he did, but you've got to have two centers."

On Playing Florida

"This is the first time in a long time that both teams haven't been ranked. We both are playing for different reasons and that can motivate. I expect two highly motivated teams to come in here to play. It will probably come down to who can execute the best. They have got a lot of talent. Boy, they have some great talent over there. We will have to play our best, there is no doubt about it."

DAVID CASTILLO

"I have an MRI tomorrow. Nothing has been decided yet. Randy (Oravetz) built me a contraption today to put on my hand and it is doing alright.

"It's the Florida game. This is what you come to Florida State for. You come to Florida State to play Miami and Florida. You sell everything out, you sell the house for this game. This makes or breaks your season. I know this is their biggest game left and this is our biggest game left. They are fighting to see what bowl game they will go to and we are fighting for an ACC Championship and what bowl game we are going to go to. We need to come out there ready to execute and ready to play some football."


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