Tuesday's Premium Football Notebook

The Florida State Seminoles returned to practice for 22 periods Tuesday after having Monday off. After the one day lay-off, the team officially began game week preparations for the season opener against Miami Sept. 5. Quarterback Drew Weatherford worked primarily with the No. 1 offense but fellow signal caller Xavier Lee was back at full strength after missing time with a sore shoulder.


Attack of the two B's: Boston and Burston

Known for traditionally rotating player after player on the defensive side of the ball, FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews has the luxury of talented athletes albeit sometimes lacking experience throughout his depth chart.

One position that is expected to see its fair share of heavy rotation this season is the left defensive end spot where junior Darrell Burston is penciled in as the starter. Sophomore LDE Alex Boston, is expected to receive increased minutes as well, however, as the defensive coaches have been impressed with his play this preseason.

The increased minutes for Boston excites defensive ends Coach Jody Allen, who has stated on repeated occasions that he likes the different styles of play that both athletes posses.

Burston, who will start his first collegiate game Monday, echoes that statement to a tee.

"I think by us rotating it keeps the offensive linemen guessing," Burston said. "It can be a good thing with both of us rotating in and out of there. I've got him right beneath me and it only makes my job easier and the offense's job harder to have to deal with two different guys.

"Florida State has been rotating guys forever. He and I could switch at any time but it's all going to depend on what type of defense we are running. We just go in when the coaches tell us to and play our best."

Moffett settling in at defensive end, doesn't want to redshirt

As soon as freshman Neefy Moffett made a decision to attend Florida State, the speculation began to grown as to what defensive position he would wind up at in Tallahassee.

With the options being either linebacker or defensive end – two positions that he excelled at in high school (he registered 150 total tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles as a linebacker his senior year and 100 tackles and 16 sacks as a defensive end his junior season) – the decision to move the Palm Bay standout to defensive end came out of need.

With talent in abundance at the linebacker spot, the logical choice was to move him.

After a full preseason camp, he seems to be back to his old tricks that he made so natural as a high school junior. In two scrimmages he has even seen increased playing time on the second team defense.

"I am making pretty good progress," Moffett said. "It was all about getting used to being down on your hands. That was the hardest part, the rest isn't a problem."

The big question for all freshmen will be whether or not they will take a redshirt their first collegiate year. If it were Moffett's way, he would be playing every game.

"I think I am going to play," he said. "I want to play and I have been working hard so hopefully the coaches see that. We will have to see."

Only one difference between Weatherford and Lee, according to Gerard Ross

With so much attention paid to the two redshirt freshmen quarterbacks this fall, an interesting story line seems to be about what their opponents think of the two talented signal callers.

Outside of the receivers, the cornerbacks get the best look at the quarterback position and are in the foremost authority to detail what it is that makes each quarterback different.

According to senior starting cornerback Gerard Ross, there's only one difference that he can see between "X" and Drew.

"I heard a couple of the guys say that Xavier can throw the ball harder but I haven't really seen a difference," he said. "I know both of them can run and both seem real poised in the pocket and they both can throw on the run pretty good too. When I look at them, if you ask me, the only thing I can see different is their skin color."

Quote(s) of the Day: Courtesy of freshman tailback Antone Smith

When asked about the game against Miami:

"It's Miami. I just want to go against those guys and show them what they missed out on."

On his role:

"I guess you all will have to wait and see that one."

No Fear this Time Out

Much has been made of the unusually high number of inexperienced players on both teams that will make their debuts Monday when FSU hosts Miami.

Veterans Kamerion Wimbley and Pat Watkins can identify. Though the implications weren't quite as substantial, both Watkins and Wimbley played their first game as Seminoles under a national television spotlight when FSU tangled with Iowa State in Kansas City to open the 2002 season.

"It gets you pumped up and there are going to be jitters," Wimbley said. "But once you get settled it, you're just playing football. It doesn't take long."

Much like the game opposite Miami could turn out to be, that game against the Cyclones was a nailbiter. The outcome wasn't decided until FSU linebackers Kendyl Pope and Jerel Hudson stopped a scrambling Seneca Wallace just short of the end zone.

"After the first few plays, I was just nervous about facing Seneca Wallace," Watkins said. "He is probably one of the best football players that I have played against."

Noles and Tide in 2007?

Officials from Florida State and Alabama have discussed playing a neutral site game in 2007, the Birmingham News reported.

The Seminoles and Crimson Tide have discussed a one-game deal, with the contest taking place at Altell Stadium in Jacksonville, the site of Super Bowl XXXIX and the annual Gator Bowl.

Television broadcast rights are the only concern. CBS owns the rights to Southeastern Conference home and neutral site games. The same relationship exists between ABC and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

FSU has home game slots to fill in 2007 and 2009. The Seminoles have confirmed a home-and-home with Colorado starting in Boulder in 2007 and play Troy State in Tallahassee in 2006.

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