McPherson To Play

Adrian McPherson is healthy enough to play after all. FSU coach Bobby Bowden announced Monday night that McPherson will not use a medical redshirt this season and remains the number two quarterback. 'I feel I'm good enough to play right now," McPherson said. "I'm just going to come out and work hard. I think I'm about 80 percent right now. When I was looking at medical (hardship) I was just out here. Now I'm going to give it my all. "

The No. 5 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-0, 2-0 ACC) held a 12-period practice Monday evening to begin preparations for the Duke Blue Devils. The short session began with fundamentals while the remainder of the practice was spent working against Duke scout teams. Coach Bowden announced tonight that Adrian McPherson will not use a medical redshirt this season and remains the number two quarterback.

"Everything came out good tonight," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "We had a good practice this evening. The change on Adrian is that we are going to play him. We don't think he is hurt bad enough to get a medical redshirt. I met with Jeff (Bowden) and Daryl (Dickey) today and I think we're going to play him."

The Blue Devils come into town this weekend after suffering a 26-21 loss to Northwestern. This will be Duke's first ACC game of the season. The Seminoles have won each of the 10 previous meetings since joining the ACC in 1992. Florida State has scored 50 or more points in the last five meetings and has never been held under 40 against the Blue Devils. Last year against Duke, Nick Maddox racked up 174 all-purpose yards and two TDs as the Seminoles opened the 2001 season with a 55-13 win in Durham, NC.

Two Seminoles earned ACC Player of the Week honors following their performance against Maryland. For the offensive line senior Brett Williams posted a team-best grade of 92%. The 6-6, 310-pound offensive tackle helped the Seminoles record 435 yards of total offense (266 passing and 169 rushing), while clearing the way for Greg Jones' fifth consecutive 100-yard game. Xavier Beitia connected on all three field goal attempts from 44, 23 and 26 yards and booted five of his eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks to earn specialist of the week honors.

Florida State's game against Duke is set for a 7:07 p.m. kickoff and will be carried live by Sunshine Network through Pay-Per-View.

As far as McPherson was concerned, Bowden repeated he thought McPherson was ready to play.

"We're going to play him," Bowden said of the sophomore. "We don't think he's hurt bad enough to get a medical hardship. He's been a little reluctant with that ankle. He's been wavering between ‘What should I do, what should I do?' I think after the conversation today, the thinking is go ahead and play. As it is, I don't think he probably would have qualified.

Walker replaced starter Chris Rix late in the fourth quarter against Maryland. But offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said the plan was to put McPherson in the game on the first drive. ". . . I was trying to put A.D. into the game," Jeff Bowden said. "Then, when I go to A.D., he says, ‘I can't go in because of my (sprained) ankle.' "

McPherson said he could have played Saturday night.

"But I thought I was going medical," McPherson said. "I feel I'm good enough to play right now. I'm just going to come out and work hard. I think I'm about 80 percent right now. When I was looking at medical (hardship) I was just out here. Now I'm going to give it my all. "

With McPherson injured, Walker had moved into the No. 2 spot. He completed his first pass as a Seminole Saturday night.

FSU Sports Information Department contributed to this report.


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