Thursday's Premium Football Notebook

The Seminoles practiced for about an hour and a half today in shorts in what will be their final practice before Saturday's game against The Citadel. The game will air at 6:45 p.m. on ESPNU.

Castillo likely to miss Saturday's match-up

Sixth-year senior center David Castillo is expected to miss Saturday's game with an injured foot. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined.

"Castillo may not be able to go," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "His foot…He didn't practice yesterday, he didn't practice today and I don't think that he's going to be able to go. It could be that he jumps and says, ‘I feel like a million dollars' but he hasn't practiced."

Offensive line coach Mark McHale says he expects to find out tomorrow how long his unit will be without the Palm Beach native.

"I talked to Randy (Oravetz) and David went to see a foot doctor," McHale said. "I haven't gotten any feedback yet. I don't know if it's a bruise or a deep bruise but it's kind of on the side of the foot. He played the whole game (against Miami) on it and the very next day at practice he went half-way through and had to come out."

In place of Castillo, redshirt sophomore John Frady will likely get the start while redshirt freshman Dumaka Atkins will be worked in as well.

"We will get both of them in there," McHale said. As for the Miami game – a contest that saw a roster full of healthy offensive lineman suit up – McHale says that he was impressed with their play. The one thing he noticed, however, was a problem with communication.

"I think there were times that we didn't communicate out there," McHale told RenegadeReport.com. "That crowd noise…they may have thought their calls were loud enough and they weren't. It was obvious after running through the film that they couldn't hear a call and I don't ever want to hear that excuse. You have to get it done."

Of Note: McHale told RenegadeReport.com that Jacky Claude and David Overmyer did not miss a single assignment Monday night.

Carter playing BIG

To say that redshirt freshman Tony Carter – who won the starting job at cornerback to replace the injured Antonio Cromartie – played well against Miami would be an understatement.

The Jacksonville native played strong in coverage and was responsible for the third down stop against the Hurricanes that forced the eventual botched field goal try.

Despite stepping on Bobby Bowden field for the first time in his collegiate career in front of the largest crowd in FSU history and against rival Miami, Carter says he wasn't nervous at all.

"It's just football," he said. "I don't get nervous playing football. I worked hard all summer and in the spring and it helped me to give it my all. It's just football though."

While replacing an injured All-American is already a daunting task, Carter has had to deal with the extra burden of being nearly six inches shorter than Cromartie.

The Hurricanes, however, soon learned that the 5-foot-9 speedster plays much bigger than what his stature indicates.

They (the Miami receivers) were looking at me like, ‘ok, he's smaller than we thought', Carter said. "I could tell (that's what they were thinking) at the beginning of the game but at the end they were just shaking their heads."


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