Thursday's Premium Football Notebook

The No. 9 Seminoles concluded this week's practice sessions Thursday in shirts and shorts and will now have Friday off before facing the Maryland Terrapins Saturday. The Tribe enters this weekend's matchup boasting the conference's No. 1 ranked total offense and passing offense.


Present at Thursday's practice was former Florida State defensive end Chauncey Davis, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

After attending Jones Community College for two years, Davis enrolled at FSU and made the successful switch from linebacker to defensive end and the rest was history.

Now playing professionally, the former No. 94 is hoping to be a part of history with a Super Bowl-hopeful Falcon squad.

"The NFL is great," Davis told "I am just taking it one day at a time and trying to get better and make my team better."

The NFL was particularly great for Davis in the Falcons' 27-14 over the New York Jets last weekend. In the second quarter, Atlanta defensive tackle Rod Coleman stripped the ball from Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde and Davis scooped up the loose ball before returning it 24 yards for the Falcon score.

The fumble recovery and return were both firsts in the young career of the Auburndale native.

"It was very exciting," Davis said of the play. "I was kind of talking about it that week, saying that I was going to try and score. Just for it to actually happen was kind of strange. So when I came to the sideline, everybody was like, 'Oh, you were just talking about that.' So it was pretty nice."

In addition to the impressive play by the 6-2, 262 pound defender, another former Seminole had a great day as well as Warrick Dunn notched 155 yards on 24 carries.

Despite playing under FSU coach Bobby Bowden at different times, the garnet and gold bond between the two is evident.

"Well we don't watch any games together but we always talk about it," he said. "We talk about the previous and upcoming games and about how (FSU) is doing. We talk about when we are going to be able to come down here and see all the guys and stuff like that. It's nice to have that connection."

Davis will be in town for the Seminoles' game against Maryland Saturday as the Falcons have a bye this week.


Pat Watkins (concussion) – game time decision

Trevor Ford (pinched nerve) – more than likely inactive

John Frady (shoulder) – expected to start

Of Note: FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews confirmed Thursday what has been expected since Monday: sophomore cornerback J.R. Bryant will start opposite Tony Carter.

Quotable: "To be honest, I haven't been thinking anything about it, so I guess that kind of tells you right there. Obviously, I will still want to hear about where I am projected but I haven't been thinking about that." – running back Lorenzo Booker on his more than likely return to the football team for his fifth-year in 2006.

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