Wednesday's Premuim Football Notebook

Center John Frady has seen it all in two-a-days. Add what he took away in week one from Miami and there isn't much that still seems new.

He'll need that preparation when he starts for the second-consecutive week Saturday as C David Castillo continues to recover from a foot injury.

Head coach Bobby Bowden said he doesn't expect to see Boston College utilize as many twists and stunts as the Hurricanes, but he anticipates that the Eagles' game plan will include some similar variations.

The real threat presented by Boston College comes from size. Florida State wants to counter that with athleticism.

"They'll bull rush you more than Miami," Bowden said. "If we're not quicker, we've got problems."

Anchored by 2004 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and ACC Preseason Player of the Year DE Mathias Kiwanuka, the Eagles defensive line has limited its first two opponents to 104 yards of combined rushing on 51 attempts. Kiwanuka's strength as a pass rusher allows Boston College to plug the interior front with big bodies.

"They're able to take people and put them at defensive tackle that are pretty much run stoppers," Frady said. "That's a huge advantage for them playing teams that primarily like to run the ball inside."

NO PLAN FOR LEE: Unlike Florida State's game against the Citadel, coaches are entering Saturday's match at Boston College without a predetermined strategy to involve reserve QB Xavier Lee.

"That's something that we have to play by ear," Bowden said. "His job is to be ready when he's called."

Lee said in the season's first two games he has gotten the call only moments before they needed him on the field.

"You just have to go out there and play," said Lee. " I can just go out there and sling it. That's what I do out here."


When Rod Owens scored his first career touchdown in the waning moments of the second quarter against The Citadel, it marked the first time the offense had reached the end zone in almost 6 quarters of play.

It was a big deal at the time, but now the milestone is behind him.

"It felt good but I'm not going to celebrate one score," Owens said. "I have more to do."

Owens, Fred Rouse, Greg Carr and Richard Goodman may have more to do on Saturday against Boston College. Impressed by their collective efforts against The Citadel, Bowden said his underclassmen may get a little more PT against The Eagles than they did in the opener against Miami.

"They showed us that they ought to be playing, so we will play them," Bowden said. "Whether we will play as many, I do not know. I'll tell you one thing, I'm not afraid to now."

Owens said Wednesday that he had not been approached with playing against BC.

"That would be great but they haven't said anything one way or the other. The only thing I do is come out there and prepare like I do everyday. Anytime I get a chance to dress out and put on a uniform it's a chance to do something special."

The Jacksonville native said that receivers coach Jeff Bowden has pointed out his cuts when running routes and the need to gain weight as his biggest priorities.


"I wanted to jump in the stands but I thought about all the running I'd have to do Monday." Lee on his touchdown run last Saturday.


- The offense practiced on the turf band field while the defense held down the practice fields.

- Bowden said that they will pipe crowd noise into the stadium for Thursday's practice.

- Oddly enough, Lee is the ACC's leader in passer efficiency

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