Monday's Premium Football Notebook

The Seminoles practiced for 22 periods in full pads Monday after enjoying a three-day weekend. The highlight of the day came for the offense as they were able to score on four-of-four tries in goal line drills. Back-up QB Xavier Lee also connected with Fred Rouse for a 40-yard completion.

Eagle victory impresses coach Bowden

While inspiring on several levels in the minds of Boston College fans, players and coaches alike, the Eagles' 13-10 overtime victory against the Clemson Tigers Saturday caught the eye of a legend: Seminole head coach Bobby Bowden.

Division 1's all-time winningest coach was surprised by the outcome of BC's first ACC road match; a contest that was played in the ever-so-daunting venue of Death Valley.

"I thought the heat would be too much and 83,000 people would distract and that just really shows you how good they are," Bowden said. "They are better…you look back at Army (who Boston College defeated earlier this year) playing as well as they did against Iowa State; they stayed even for four quarters. Boston College wore them out pretty good and then they wore Brigham Young out and Brigham Young scored 50 points Saturday. Boston College is probably better than we thought."

Inspiring through the first three games, worrisome Monday at practice

Clearly, the area that the Florida State defense has been able to hang its collective hat on has been the play of the goal line unit. Against both Miami and Boston College, the Tribe came away with two huge stops that consequently won the game for FSU.

Monday at practice, however, the unit struggled; allowing five scores in goal line drills. While not the end of the world as they have proven to be effective against more than ample competition thus far, it's an area that Bowden hinted at being a little concerned about.

"It surprised me that the offense scored every time they got the ball down there on that goal line," he said. "(It was) ones against twos and twos against ones (offense against defense) so I don't know what that means."

Reid, rest of the injured 'Noles are good to go

Missing from the past two ballgames has been wide receiver/punt returner Willie Reid and center David Castillo who are both expected to play Saturday. Linebackers A.J. Nicholson and Ernie Sims and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley are also fine after battling with minor injuries.

For Reid, returning to the starting line-up at the receiver spot is a definite, and he says that returning to punt return duties – a task that led to the knee injury against Miami – is a definite as well.

"(My knee) is fine, everything is good with it," Reid said. "It's a little sore but it's something that I can play through. I am not hesitant to return any punts. I like doing it. It's something that I enjoy doing and I feel that I can help the team as much as I can do that as receiving. I will be back in the swing of things."

"Been there, done that" for McGrew

Senior linebacker Sam McGrew knows all too well about the Syracuse Orange, a team that nearly gave the college football world a huge upset last season against the Garnet and Gold. Luckily for FSU, McGrew was able to intercept a game-saving pass in the endzone to preserve the Seminole victory and halt a potential shocker.

McGrew and the rest of the veteran defensive players have been using their time wisely, helping get the younger guys acclimated to the offensive scheme that the Orange use in hopes of preventing any cause for concern this season.

"We are all watching film together and we (the veterans) point things out to watch for like, ‘He (the quarterback) likes to roll out her to this side' and stuff like that," McGrew said.

Quotable

"It looks like it right now." - Bowden on the having all of last week's injured players available for the game against Syracuse Saturday.

"There is no plan right now." – Bowden on getting back-up quarterback Xavier Lee reps against Syracuse.

"It felt pretty good. I felt comfortable. Everything is going alright right now. Everything is straight." - Reid on his first day back at out at practice. "He's been playing great. All spring and all two-a-days he's been a consistent player. He's a small guy but he plays big. Team's watch film and see that he can cover so I don't think that teams are going to try to go at him too much." – senior cornerback Gerard Ross on the play of redshirt freshman cornerback Tony Carter. Of note: Defensive tackle Letroy Guion was held out of practice today and had his right arm in a sling. There was no word provided about the injury or of his status for Saturday's game.

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