Tuesday's Premium Football Notebook

Florida State's linemen have one of their biggest challenges of the season ahead of them this Satuday. Weighing in at an average of over 313 pounds per player, Boston College's line is the second heaviest in the ACC. But DT Brodrick Bunkley isn't worried. He's seen something special out of FSU's D-Line this season.

Boston College's offensive line is about as big as they come. But that doesn't intimidate Chamberlain grad DT Brodrick Bunkley.

From what Bunkley has seen out of his fellow linemen, the size of his opponent isn't a concern.

"I don't care how big that guy is in front of me," said Bunkley. "We have a lot of fighters on this team."

The Eagles' offensive front is the second heaviest in the Atlantic Coast Conference, weighing an average of 313.6 pounds per player. The only lineman under 300 pounds is C Patrick Ross.

"Typical northern football team," said coach Bobby Bowden.

It's just another challenge for a crew that has battled adversity, and done well, since the opening of spring practice.

With all the questions surrounding the Seminoles' defensive line - Clifton Dickson's ineligibility and the loss of three starters to the NFL draft - they're off to an unanticipated start. Florida State's five and a half sacks per game ranks fourth in the nation, and DE Kamerion Wimbley and Bunkley are in the top 25 for individual sacks.

"I've very surprised how well they have done," Bowden said.

Bunkley said the transition to football after a summer spent concentrating on his own eligibility issues was easier than he anticipated. Aside from a few bumps and bruises, he's getting back into shape.

"I've been running a little extra since I've been out here, and it has turned out alright," said Bunkley.


According to Patrick Martin, the director of the Seminole ticket office, Florida State's allotment of 4,500 tickets for the BC game has been spoken for since early June.

FSU does not operate on a first-come first-serve basis; road ticket requests from boosters and fans are evaluated on an individual basis. Any requests submitted after June, however, were not granted tickets.

"The supply and demand situation for this game was paralleled only the (2003) FSU-Notre Dame game a few seasons ago," Martin said.

Several travel agencies have offered the tickets in a package with tickets to see the Boston Red Sox, who entertain the Oakland A's over the weekend. Friday night is "Seminole Night" at Fenway Park.


The Florida Times-Union reported that the 10-7 season-opening win pushed the FSU-BC game into ESPN's Saturday night primetime slot. Kickoff from Chestnut Hill, Mass. is set for 7:45 p.m.

The College Gameday crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will also be on hand to do their weekly preview show from the BC campus that morning.

"That will be the second time in two weeks that our game is the game to watch in the country, according to those guys, at least," tailback Lorenzo Booker said. "We'll have another chance to show the nation what we can do."


Fred Rouse passed Bowden's test Saturday night.

Now it's up to defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who coaches the return units as well, to pass the verdict on whether or not the freshman receiver will be trusted with the punt return duties against Boston College.

"He was electrifying to me," Bowden said. "He's exciting, he excites people around him, and he tries to get people excited around him. That's what you try to get your seniors to do. Some of them do it, but they do it in a quieter way. But this guy, he can't hold it back."

The only knock on Rouse is the manner in which totes the ball. Rouse high-stepped his way around several defenders while waving it with one hand on his way to tallying 66 return yards against The Citadel.

"He got away with that in high school," Bowden said before putting his arm in a tucked position. "Where we need him to have the ball is here."

"This is another level, guys go for the ball," said Rouse, who had to run stadium steps as punishment.

One thing is certain – Rouse will be ready when called upon.

"There's no nervous, no scared, no bubbleguts, no nothing, When I go out on that field I'm ready to make something happen, anything."


This is the second season in a row that FSU will oppose an ACC newcomer in its first conference game (Miami in 2004)…BC upset Notre Dame on 11/20/93 to allow the Seminoles to back into their first national title despite losing to the Irish…The Eagles have beaten a top-10 team the past two seasons…FSU leads the all-time series 2-1…Bobby Bowden is the only ACC coach that remains from Tom O'Brien's tenure at Virginia.

Nole Digest Top Stories