McPherson indicated following Florda State's 40-19 victory over Virginia at Doak Campbell Stadium that he still wants to sit out this season. McPherson, unable to unseat starter Chris Rix, entered the game in the fourth quarter, however. The sophomore directed four series, completing 4-of-5 passes for 40 yards. McPherson also fumbled a snap.
McPherson did not play in the Seminoles' opener against Iowa State as he continued to recover from an ankle sprain suffered in a preseason scrimmage. McPherson can still receive a medical hardship if his bothersome ankle is slow to heal. FSU coach Bobby Bowden, however, has said he did not plan to redshirt McPherson as long as he remained second on the depth chart. Fabian Walker was unable to close the gap on McPherson preseason drills, Bowden said last week.
"It's still up in the air," McPherson said of his playing status. "If I am not going to get much time, I probably just want to redshirt. Sit out a year and better myself and come back and get ready for next season."
Receiver Chauncey Stovall confirmed that he plans to redshirt this season. True freshman who saw their first action of the season included linebacker A.J. Nicholson and tailback Thomas Clayton, bringing the total of true freshmen to see action to seven -- Broderick Bunkley, Sam McGrew, Kamerion Wimbley, Leon Washington and Torrance Washington.
"I am learning it (system) pretty good," said Stovall, a junior-college transfer from Hinds Community College. "But I am going to take a redshirt. I am doing a little bit but by redshirting, it's going to help me even more. "
Stovall, who originally signed with FSU two years ago but was ruled academically ineligible, developed into the nation's top junior college receiver at Hinds. His highly-anticipated arrival at FSU for preseason drills, however, was delayed nearly a week as the university waited on his transcripts.
Once cleared, Stovall discovered obvious differences.
"We run our routes off of steps instead of yards, so that's a whole lot different," Stovall said. "I will get that down. It's about coming off the ball hard, and getting my quickness back. All I want to do is get my quickness back. After that, I will be straight. "
Stovall, ranked the nation's top junior college receiver last season by SuperPrep, is a big, strong target. However, with the return of Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan from knee injuries last season, and the emergence of P.K. Sam and Craphonso Thorpe, Stovall has found it difficult to slip into the rotation.
Also, the Seminoles' rushing attack -- FSU had 397 yards against the Cavs as Greg Jones registered a career-high 173 yards on 21 carries -- gives the team another dimension. FSU receivers had just six receptions for 88 yards Saturday.
As Stovall walked off the field following the game, he couldn't help but peer towards the stands. His time will come soon enough.
"I did want to come in and play but, you know, but now that I see we are getting the job done, why not take the redshirt," Stovall said. "School is going fine. Now I am going to have to start getting deeper in my books (with the start of school)."