Thursday's Premium Football Notebook

The No. 22 Florida State Seminoles practiced in very chilly Tallahassee weather Thursday afternoon in what was their final organized meeting before a long off-weekend.


While the Seminoles will enjoy a much-needed bye this weekend to help nurse the large number of injuries encompassing the entire roster, several players will also travel home to be with family.

With not enough time to travel next week for Thanksgiving, this weekend will provide them with the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked meal and the chance to get away from football for a few days.

"I'm going home to Winston-Salem," freshman linebacker Derek Nicholson said. "My brother (senior A.J. Nicholson) and I driving up there together this weekend. We are going to go up there and get a little rest and relaxation. Sometimes we fly up there but we are doing to drive up there."


Fifth-year senior rover Kyler Hall recently said that the injury he sustained last year that required him to take a medical redshirt, was actually a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to be part of a 2005 squad in great need of senior leadership.

And despite recent struggles on defense, his knowledge is proving vital to a Seminole secondary that is still learning and growing.

"He's a great leader, he's taught us the ropes, really," redshirt freshman defensive back Tony Carter said. "When we get down he's the one to pick us up. He's a great spiritual leader that believes in God. He tries to inspire us to follow God and things like that."

Through the recent adversity, it has been Hall that has stepped up and offered guidance for a unit that wants to keep improving for next season.

"He just tells us that he's been there and to keep our heads up," Carter added. "He is one of the guys that I look up to not because he's a senior and because he's been through it all but because he leads us by example and not just by talking."


FSU coach Bobby Bowden had successful cataract surgery on his right eye Thursday morning.

The long time Seminole skipper was unavailable for comment following Thursday's practice but defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said, "The doctor had him go home to immobilize him a little bit?but apparently he's doing fine."


The Florida State Athletics Ticket Office announced Thursday that there has been a limit placed on Seminole Booster ticket requests as all 10,000 allotted for the Dec. 3 ACC Championship game have already been sold.

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