Tuesday's Premium Football Notebook

Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden knows that this is the time of year when injuries can start to pile up, and that's especially true this season for the Seminoles' defensive line.

Starting DE Kamerion Wimbley, Florida State's best pass rusher, will miss Saturday's game against Clemson with a knee injury, and it is uncertain when he?ll return.

DE Darrell Burston, who defensive ends coach Jody Allen indicated is a little banged up, will shift to fill Wimbley's spot as he did in the latter part of last weekend's match up with North Carolina State.

"(Burston) had a concussion Saturday so he's been limited on his hitting," said Allen. "I feel sure that he'll be able to go."

Alex Boston is starting at left end and will work in a rotation with whoever is healthy in time for the game.

Other linemen Andre Fluellen (flu) and D.J. Norris (strep throat) are being held out of practice as they battle colds.

"Right now (Norris) is just out and we're trying to keep him away from everybody," said Allen. "I don't know what his status will be. We're hoping he'll make it back."

Chamberlain grad Brodrick Bunkley is the only starting defensive lineman who will have a full week of practice at his usual position, though Bunkley is nursing an ankle contusion.

CARR RECOVERING

WR Greg Carr was held out of practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a hip injury he suffered early against North Carolina State.

Carr said he'll be able to participate later in the week and should be fine before Saturday's game at Clemson.

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS

Bowden turned 76 Tuesday and his son, Tommy, coach of the Tigers, joked about sending Bobby chocolate covered prunes.

When asked about his response, Bobby said, "I'll get him Saturday."

The last time Florida State traveled to Death Valley, Bobby turned 74 that day and lost to Clemson 26-10.

MINI LEON WASHINGTON Q&A

Q: Anything new on your status for Saturday?

A: It's still hurting but I am just taking it one day at a time. I think we get a better feel in the next couple of days. I am doing everything I can to get back.

Q: You entered the 2005 season with a lot of hype about a breakout senior season. Has is it been frustrating to not have that predicted outcome?

A: No not really. I was telling (team Chaplin) Clint Pervis that this has been my favorite season so far. There is a lot of chemistry on this team and it's been a lot of fun being with these guys. I mean, the accolades and all that stuff don't mean anything. It's nice to have them but this is a team game I just wanted to do everything I could do to help this team win. It has been fun to watch the young guys step up and help us out. This team is going to keep getting better.

Q: Think maybe a final three-game sweep with victories over the Florida Gators and maybe Miami Hurricanes would be an appropriate end to this year?

A: Definitely. We want to win out, that is our goal. We know that we can do that if we just work hard and cut down on the errors we've made. Hopefully I can get back so I can help us do that.


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