Tuesday's Premium Football Notebook

The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles worked out for 19 periods Tuesday as preparations continue for Saturday's home game against Maryland. Practice was originally scheduled for 21 periods but coach Bobby Bowden elected to release his players early due to fatigue.


After a scary incident Saturday against Duke, senior safety Pat Watkins says he is feeling much better after sustaining a mild concussion from a knee to the back of the head.

The Tallahassee native has been held out of hitting this week as he continues to heal.

"I feel like I am getting better," Watkins said. "I feel a lot better. They are trying to keep away from contact (at practice) and I feel like that's the best thing for right now. It's paying off though because I am feeling a lot better."

While Watkins says his headaches have slowly but surely subsided, it was the immediate days following the play that were the hardest part.

"The first couple of days, that was the toughest part of it," Watkins said." "Like I said, I am getting better. The doctors are going about it the right way."

Despite that Watkins personally feels that he will be available against the Terrapins, it will ultimately be the doctor's decision to clear him.

"Right now I feel like I am 100 percent but I am not a doctor," he said. "As far as I can tell I am ready to go but I am not going to rush anything."


On a golf course, nearly 30 years ago, newly appointed Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden met Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant for a friendly round.

One of the things they discussed that day was arranging another match between the two schools.

"Alabama might play Florida State, but not during my lifetime," Bryant told Bowden.

The Tide has finally turned.

It was announced Tuesday that Alabama reached an agreement with FSU for a one-game series in Jacksonville on September 29, 2007.

Because of certain television rights, ESPN/ABC and CBS worked cooperatively with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference to resolve broadcast issues, but it won't be decided until two weeks prior to the game whether it will air on CBS or ESPN.

"Our respective television partners have come to a resolution which enables us to formally move forward to bringing this match-up to contract in 2007 in Jacksonville. This should generate a lot of anticipation and excitement among both fan bases," Florida State Athletics Director Dave Hart said in a statement.

This is their first meeting in Bowden's tenure. The Crimson Tide and the Seminoles have played three times with Alabama holding a 2-0-1 advantage.

Bowden was born in Birmingham, Ala. and attended Alabama as a freshman, where he played one season as quarterback before going to Howard.


Bowden said that coaches have discussed the possibility of using freshmen K Graham Gano for kick-offs instead of K Gary Cismesia. Graham's fate will depend on whether coaches deem his participation is more beneficial than taking a redshirt this season.

"We're not getting the distance or the hang time we want, so you might see (Gano) this week," said Bowden.

Bowden reiterrated that statement Tuesday, making it sound more likely that Gano will takeover kickoff duties starting Saturday.

"We are liable to go with Gano kicking off," said Bowden. "We haven't had the kind of distance that we want. (Gano) can do it if he's consistent with it."

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