Wednesday's Premium Football Notebook

The No. 8 Florida State Seminoles practied for 18 periods Wednesday as preparations for the the 2005 home finale against NC State continue. Coach Bobby Bowden announced after practice that redshirt junior defensive end WIllie Jones Jr. will not be returning next season and will be honored with the senior class before Saturday's game.


When the senior class takes the field for its final home game, one of its most vocal leaders and consistent contributors will likely be just a spectator.

Running Back Leon Washington will suit out Saturday against North Carolina State, but because of a Grade-I ankle sprain, he'll be relegated to the sidelines.

"It's your last home game in Doak Campbell," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "I can imagine how he feels."

Washington has mulled over several scenarios where he might enter the game, but has decided against earning a start by coming in for the first offensive snap. It would take a "miracle" according to Washington to have him in proper shape to play.

"I contemplated that and thought about it, but I don't want to start the game because I don't want to take anything away from (Lorenzo) Booker," said Washington.

Washington added that if he doesn't get into the game he'll still be working as a leader off the field and preparing for the road match at Clemson on Nov. 12.


WR De'Cody Fagg (separated shoulder) has been able to participate with the team in practice this week and has a meeting with the team doctor tonight to determine if he'll be able to play Saturday against the Wolfpack.

"I'm able to get out there and do something. It still aches, but it doesn't hurt," said Fagg.


Coach Bowden also mentioned after practice that Tony Carter (shoulder) is expected to start on Saturday.

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