Brick Wall

In a season that has exceeded even their expectations, members of the Florida State defensive line are saving the best for last. In their 17-10 win against N.C. State last Thursday, the Seminoles' front line held the 'Pack to 23 rushing yards on 34 attempts, tallied five sacks and racked up an astounding 14 tackles for loss.

The effort was good enough to push Florida State past Boise State to give them the No. 1 rush defense in the country.

Defensive end Chauncey Davis hopes they haven't peaked yet.

"That was a real emotional game for us," said Davis, who led the charge with four TFLs and a forced fumble.

"We wanted to prove something to them. Their defense was ranked higher than ours and we wanted to show we were better than them."

Carrying that effort over into Saturday's annual tilt with Florida would go a long way toward helping the Seminoles lock up their sixth win in seven tries against the Gators.

"We play nonstop, the whole game, every game," Davis said.

"That shouldn't be a problem." Davis and tackle Travis Johnson have been the mainstays that have paced a unit that has had to shuffle personnel numerous times this season due to injury. Depite all the turnover, there has never experienced a drop-off in production. Charles Howard, Kamerion Wimbley, Eric Moore and Clifton Dickson have also made critical contributions for the unit.

Depth has equaled dominance for the Seminoles – eleven lineman have appeared at least seven of FSU's ten games this season. Nine have sacks to their credit.

But stuffing the run has been and will be the top priority for Davis, Johnson and company.

"Running the ball is about who wants it more than the other guy," said Johnson, whose name has been mentioned by some experts in conversations regarding all-American honors.

"We take a lot of pride in what we have been able to accomplish this season."

The hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

"Those guys are by best friends, man," cornerback Bryant McFadden said.

"They have done an awesome job up front. My hat goes off to all those guys. They've made our jobs a lot easier."

Florida ranks No. 13 in the country in passing offense. Pressuring talented quarterback Chris Leak may be the key for FSU to continue its dominating ways.

"We've done that all season," corner Leroy Smith said.

"With those guys up there playing like they have…its hard to get anything done with the passing game when you have to get the ball away in three seconds."


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