Football Report

The Florida State Seminoles are starting to get into the Christmas spirit. FSU's seniors held their final practice session on the Seminole practice fields Saturday. Players have meetings on Sunday and a final practice scheduled for Monday in Doak Campbell Stadium before breaking for the holidays.

Florida State's seniors want nothing more than to end their careers on a positive note.

They will get that opportunity in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against West Virginia.

The group's time is quickly winding down, and it crossed another hurdle Saturday morning.

"As I told them today, a lot of them don't think about it, but this is the last practice these seniors will ever have out here on this field," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

"They were very quiet, they were very subdued. I think they realize that their career here is coming to an end. It has been a good group of seniors, no doubt."

FSU will hold position meetings on Sunday before practicing one final time in Doak Campbell Stadium before breaking for the Christmas holidays.

Senior receiver Chauncey Stovall wasn't ready to begin reflecting on his collegiate career just quite yet.

"We were just having a little fun today being that it was the seniors' last practice on this field," Stovall said.

"We wanted to work hard and come out here and get better. We have to get ready for West Virginia. When that game is over, I will look back at everything. I will not really start to view it as my last game until the final week of practice."

Fellow senior receiver Dominic Robinson agreed, saying the bowl game is a final chance for the Seminoles to prove they can overcome a season's worth of struggles.

"There is always some optimism and always some hope that better things will come because of what we know we have," Robinson said.

"We may not have shown it at times, but we know we have something special in this offense. We know that we have a lot of talent and we know this is our last opportunity and our last chance to go out and prove to everybody and to ourselves that we are as good as advertised and as good as we have said all year. The way to go about that it to not walk around with your head hanging and have fun."

Practice Notes

FSU worked out for 18 periods in shells morning as it continued to prepare for their New Year's Day bowl game against No. 23 West Virginia (8-3).

The team will attend a church service and hold meetings Sunday before returning for the final practice before the bowl Monday morning at 9 a.m.

In 11-on-11, Bryant McFadden and Roger Williams led the defense with a pair of pass break-ups while Eric Moore added a sack.

The offense got a 10-yard pass from Wyatt Sexton to De'Cody Fagg and a 7-yard TD run from Lorenzo Booker.

In the one-minute drill, Chris Rix gained five yards on a quarterback draw on second down, but the drive ended when the defense did not allow a completion on third and fourth down.

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