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Junior WR Chris Davis, a St. Petersburg Catholic grad, practiced again Monday after sitting out for a week to nurse an injured hamstring. Because Davis has a history of bumps, bruises, and various ailments, coaches took their time with his return.

We played it safe with him and today he looked like he didn't have any problems whatsoever," coach Bobby Bowden said.

Davis said he felt the pulled hamstring was nearly healed. He will take part in his first fall scrimmage this afternoon, playing opposite WR Willie Reid. Both receivers are set as the starters of a relatively unproven group, but one that Bowden called "as talented as any we've had."

"I think right now we have one of the best receiving cores out there, but nobody has seen us yet," Davis said.


The last scrimmage of the fall is usually more dress rehearsal than player evaluation. And even though Bowden is still examining his pair of freshmen quarterbacks, he said the team will run Friday's scrimmage, the final one before the season opener, the same way as they've done in the past.

"The first and second group will work, but they'll work against the threes and fours, which will use Miami's plays and defense," Bowden said. "It's kind of a rehearsal to see how you do against their plays and their formations. If we lack something, we'd have to do it another time."


While news of freshmen standouts Richard Goodman, Rod Owens, Antone Smith and Fred Rouse haven't lacked in each of the practice reports this fall due to their offensive playmaking skills, on the defensive side of the ball, Everette Brown has been a consistent force.

The Wilson, NC native continues to improve each and everyday of preseason camp, something that he hopes to keep doing.

"Practice is going great," Brown said. "Everyday I just try and get better at my game. Whether it's the pass rush or helping against the run I am just trying to get better."

While traditionally it has always been most common for first year Seminole football players to take a redshirt their freshman year, Brown hopes that he can change that by earning playing time in 2005.

"I am expecting to get some minutes this season," Brown said. "Two-a-days will help determine where we are on the depth chart but I am just trying to show the coaches that I am giving it my all and I want to play and help this team.

While Brown is known for being a menacing and hard nosed defender on the gridiron, off the field he might be the nicest guy in the world. Since arriving on campus in June, a constant smile has been draped across the player that hopes to one day make a living by terrorizing quarterbacks in the NFL.

The reason for the constant smile is three words: Florida State University.

"Man, it is a dream come true to be here," Brown said. "As a kid, you just watch Florida State football with hopes of one day playing here. To just be competing with these guys is a dream come true for me."

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