Wednesday's Premium Football Notebook

The Seminoles worked out in shells for 19 periods Wednesday as preparations for Maryland continue. The 'Noles will conclude this week's practices tomorrow before having Friday off.


As has already been reported, freshman safety Clarence Ward has been granted a release from the Florida State football team.

Wednesday, coach Bobby Bowden confirmed it.

"I've given him the release," Bowden said. "Whether he has left (to return home) yet I do not know. We gave him permission. He was kind of homesick and we felt like it was best for him."


Earlier this month, senior guard Matt Meinrod was given a camera to show viewers of ABC's broadcast of the Tribe's contest against Syracuse what a day in the life of an FSU offensive lineman entailed. Tomorrow, junior linebacker Ernie Sims will be given that same opportunity with viewers getting to see his shots during this weekend's broadcast of FSU's game.

While Meinrod provided the television audience with a glimpse into his personal life with the introducing of his girlfriend Erin and his daily routine, it was the Tarpon Springs native's other habit that shocked viewers as he was filmed getting a pedicure.

According to FSU's standout linebacker, you won't be seeing any of that from him this Saturday.

"I am not gonna take it that far," Sims said with a laugh. "I have never even seen my own feet."


Sophomore CB J.R. Bryant has practiced all week with the first team at the boundary position ahead of former starter senior CB Gerard Ross. Head coach Bobby Bowden said Wednesday that it looks like Bryant may stay where he is for Saturday's game.

"You see an inexperienced good athlete, learning the game," said Bowden of Bryant.

Bryant held the No. 2 field spot behind CB Tony Carter until graduate assistant James Colzie told him earlier in the week that he would be moving. Freshman CB Michael Ray Garvin was rotated to backup Carter.

"They told me to come out and practice hard and we'll see what happens," said Bryant.

If Bryant started that would add another youthful face to Florida State's defensive backs. Bowden said he is not concerned about the group's inexperience even though it is still uncertain whether S Pat Watkins, who is recovering from a concussion he suffered last weekend, will be fully available to face Maryland.

"(Watkins) practiced some, but not all the time," said Bowden. "I don't know what Mickey Andrews' thinking is on that - whether he can play but we might not start him or is he ready to go?"

Bowden added that he'll have a better indication on Watkins today.

Earlier this season, Bryant competed with Carter and Trevor Ford for Antonio Cromartie's position after Cromartie was lost for the season with an ACL injury.

"When Cromartie went down I just wanted to play football. I didn't care who got his position," said Bryant.

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