Thursday's Premium Football Notebook

The No. 4 Seminoles concluded game preparations for this weekend's showdown with Virginia, Thursday, with 15 periods of practice in shirts and shorts. The offense worked in the stadium with crowd noise piped in while the defense took to the practice fields.


Following practice, caught up with defensive end Darrell Brurston to check his status for Saturday's game after missingthe Tribe's match-up with Wake Forest. Here is a transcript of the brief conversation.

RenegadeReport: How are you feeling?

Darrell Burston: I am feeling good, much better.

RR: Are you going to be able to play Saturday? Coach Bowden said that he wasn't sure.

DB: I am ready to go. I am pretty sure that I will be playing up there.

RR: Will you be starting or is (Alex) Boston going to get the nod?

DB: I am not going to be starting but I am pretty sure that there is a plan to rotate me in at some point early in the game.

RR: Are you 100 percent?

DB: I am not 100 percent or as healthy as I was before the injury but I am healthy enough to play now. I think that I can contribute.


The Atlantic Coast Conference's leader in sacks celebrated his birthday Thursday and hopes to add to his total – and FSU's win total – Saturday night when the Seminoles visit Virginia.

No matter what side Wimbley lines up on, he'll be facing a second-teamer. Virginia tackles D'Brickashaw Ferguson (knee) and Brad Butler (suspension) will not suit out when the Cavaliers (3-2) meet the Seminoles (5-0).
defensive end Kamerion Wimbley has had several reasons to celebrate this week.

"I'm not going to take anything lightly out there," Wimbley said. "Those guys are on scholarship, too, and I'm sure they're eager to get the job done."

FSU will have a reserve – sophomore Alex Boston – manning the other defensive end spot.

It was feared that starter Darrell Burston (shoulder) would not play but his status is now more favorable. Burston won't start but will suit out and be available for a predetermined amount of plays.


Virginia coach Al Groh dubbed FSU's attack the "NASCAR Offense" earlier in the week, referring to the wide-open style that the Seminoles have adopted.

"People are having to respect us now," wide reciever Greg Carr said. "People used to only have to worry about our defense but the offense is becoming something to worry about more and more."

"I don't really know what to make of the comment," quarterback Drew Weatherford said. "We've got two great running backs were going to get the ball to, as well. So if they think were just going to chuck it, they're wrong."


ESPN's The Season will air tonight at midnight. This week's show features the week leading up to the Wake game. Set your TiVo.

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