Tuesday's Premium Football Notebook

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday that defensive end Kamerion Wimbley will miss his fourth consecutive game due to a nagging knee sprain when the Seminoles face Virginia Tech (10-1) in the ACC Championship Game Saturday.

Wimbley, the best pass rusher for the Seminoles, told reporters that he "was a go" during a conference call organized by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday morning.

Bowden, however, indicated that trainers felt the sprain - sustained Oct. 26 against Maryland - was not ready to endure the rigors of game action.

"We'll miss him," Bowden said.

Bowden also announced that guard Cornelius Lewis and wide receiver Kenny O'Neal will serve suspensions Saturday, Lewis for the first half and O'Neal for the entirety of the game.

Lewis, a sophomore guard, was ejected in last weekend's 34-7 loss at Florida for his involvement in an altercation with UF defensive tackle Travis Harvey. Coaches had considered suspending him for the entire game, but decided otherwise after reviewing the game tape.

"If there was ever a pillowfight, that was it," Bowden said. "Both guys just waved at each other."

O'Neal will sit against the Hokies because he missed the team bus back to Tallahassee following the loss to Florida. Punt returner Willie Reid will likely take O'Neal's spot on kickoff returns.

NEW POINT OF VIEW

In most third-and-long situations against the Gators, reserve linebackers Marcello Church and Lawrence Timmons flanked nose guard Emmanuel Dunbar on a three-man front. Having played the position some in high school, this was nothing new for Timmons. For Church, however, it was a change of pace.

Literally.

"Up there, you just have to be quick and focus on creating some pressure," said Church, a senior from St. Pete. "You got to think about what you are going to do before you line up and then you have to do it."

He'll reprise the roll Saturday against the Hokies and possibly get on the field at his customary outside linebacker spot some, too. Church will also continue his rolls on all kick coverage units.

"I'm kind of the all-purpose guy out there roaming the field," he said. "I'm real quick to learn new things and I'll help out however."

BACK TO PADS

After the 34-7 loss to Florida this past Saturday, several players on Florida State's defense felt it was time for the team to raise the level at practice and go back to wearing full pads.

They got their wish, scrimmaging Tuesday for the first time in several weeks.

"It was good to get some intensity out here, which we haven't had in a while," said RB Leon Washington.

Bowden commented following the setback against the Gators that his team had suffered from practicing lighter in the weeks leading up to the game, but that it was necessary to tone down their work load to avoid further injuries.

MINI TONY CARTER Q&A

Q: Coach (Mickey) Andrews mentioned that he didn't expect you to play against Florida because of a problem with your hip. What happened?

A: "I got kind of tangled up with Chris Davis. It's not too bad."

Q: And he really didn't think you would play?

A: "I didn't think I was going to either."

Q: When did you decide you would play?

A: "When I heard the noise of the The Swamp."

Q: Did the hip affect you any in the game?

A: "A little bit but once my adrenaline started pumping, I was okay. Afterwards it was sore."

Q: How does it feel now?

A: It's just sore and kind of tight."

Q: It would seem that in order to beat Virginia Tech, you guys are going to have to stop the run, which means that you and J.R. Bryant will be on an island a little more this weekend. Can you talk about that?

A: "It's going to be tough. We are going to have to make some big plays and we are expecting some play action and things of that sort. It's going to be just like practice really and Tuesday's they run the ball so we man-up against our receivers most of the time so it should be something like that."

Q: Is playing man an extra challenge for you?

A: "I don't know. We are used to playing man. A lot of our coverages may seem like zone defense but from the wide side of the field or boundary, there's usually only one receiver in man-to-man. We play a lot of match-man so it shouldn't be too much new."

QUOTABLE

"That's kind of like a slap in the face." senior tight end Matt Henshaw on Florida State being the only school in the conference without an All-ACC First Team selection.


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