'Noles jet to Kansas City

The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles have spent the past three weeks chirping about how last season was an aberration. Well, FSU has its opportunity to prove its pointed back in the right direction Saturday against Iowa State in the Eddie Robinson Classic. The Seminoles practiced for 16 periods Thursday morning before flying to Kansas City. "Redemption time," Alonzo Jackson said. "It's been a good week. Feel good. I am ready to get out there and show them something."

The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles have spent the past three weeks chirping about how last season was an aberration. The Seminoles have pointed to bad luck, injuries and inexperience for reasons behind their struggles. Well, FSU has an opportunity to prove its pointed in the right direction again in its season-opener Saturday against Iowa State in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

The Seminoles practiced for 16 periods Thursday morning under a grueling sun – 92 degrees with a heat indecs of 120 -- before jetting to Kansas City. The Seminoles will hold a light walk through Friday at Arrowhead Stadium.

"We had a great week," defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "We have our assignments down. Everybody is getting their conditioning back. Some of the guys who were hurt are getting healthy. We are ready. We are going to go out there and lay it on the line and make our statement to the nation."

FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who is tied with Paul "Bear" Bryant (323 wins) for second on the all-time Division I-A wins list and could move into second by himself behind Penn State's Joe Paterno (327) with a victory, believes the Seminoles are prepared for the Cyclones. Iowa State has 16 victories in the past two seasons, 11 fewer than it had during the 1990s, and has won 11 consecutive non-conference regular season games.

"It was a typical Thursday practice – go out in shorts and just work on all of your game plan to see if everybody knows what they are doing," Bowden said.

"They looked like they knew what they were doing. We prepared about all we can prepare now. We will get out there this afternoon, and tomorrow (Friday) we will go out to the field (Arrowhead Stadium) and take a very light workout. Very light, probably won't be over 20 minutes. Have meetings. And play the game to find out what we got."

Senior defensive end Alonzo Jackson believes he knows the answer to that concern.

"Redemption time," Jackson said. "It's been a good week. Feel good. I am ready to get out there and show them something."

The Cyclones return 15 starters, not including their kicker and punter. However, of their top 48 players on the two-deep roster, only eight are seniors. Bowden has compared Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace to Michael Vick, the former Virginia Tech quarterback. The Seminoles' corners are expected to be tested as well as the defensive unit's ability to contain Wallace.

Injury Report:

Out: WR Lorne Sam (AC sprain right shoulder), NG Jeff Womble (supsension), WR Chris Davis (knee surgery). Probable: WR Anquan Boldin (right knee sprain), NG Darnell Dockett (Achilles tendon), NG Travis Johnson (ankle), QB Adrian McPherson (left high ankle sprain), FS Kyler Hall (broken hand), WR Craphonso Thorpe (toe sprain).


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