It's Guion & Griffin time

With Budd Thacker most likely sitting out this week, and Andre Fluellen being very limited in practice this week, the Noles will have two new starters at each tackle position on defense against Alabama. Both feel they have worked hard and are ready to step in and make an impact.

Letroy Guion feels that the defense has had two successful weeks of practice and is ready to take on the Tide. "It's going good man. We looked pretty good this week." Guion said, "Just trying to get ready for Alabama the best we know how… The defense picked it up a little bit." Guion is more then ready to start this week and says he has prepared hard for this. "I work hard everyday, whether I'm starting or not. I just come out here, give it my best and let the coaches make the decisions."

Lining up beside Guion when the defense first takes the field Saturday will be junior Paul Griffin. "The last two weeks have been going pretty good. The team has been working hard so we can get back on that national stage. We've just been coming out and playing hard every week, just trying to get ourselves back on top." Griffin couldn't imagine a better time to get the nod this week as a starter. "I'm very excited. Our whole defense is pumped up and ready to go. Alabama's been talking about how good they are, we're just gonna go out and show how good the ACC really is."

Despite being pretty dinged up at tackle, Griffin is far from worried about the teams' depth at the position. "I'm very confident with the players we've got; we can play full speed every single down. We are going to continue to play hard and we are going to do great. I think it is going to be a good battle, we are just waiting on seeing how everything is going to go and ready to roll." Griffin went on to discuss how he believes him and his defensive line match up against Bama's front 5. "Their line is very big. Our guys are a lot quicker and stronger, so I think it's going to be a good battle.

Although Alabama has a few talented running backs, Griffin is not worried about trying to stop them. "He's (Terry Grant) pretty good… I don't think he's a (James) Davis or (C.J.) Spiller from Clemson. We're just looking forward to getting in the game and playing real hard and just seeing how things turn out." Both Guion and Griffin know the importance of the game and are approaching it as a must win. "This week is really special" Guion said, "I really do want to beat Alabama. I mean nobody wants a loss on their record. We're all working hard so we can go out there and do it." Paul Griffin also knows how much this game could help the ‘Noles' season with a win this week saying, "That's gonna mean a lot! This game is key. This is the big key game right now. Once we play them, come out and play them hard, its gonna put Florida State back on top, you know… It's the SEC versus the ACC."

With just a one day of preparation left before heading to Jacksonville, the Seminoles will use Friday's practice to put the final touches on their game plan before their showdown with Alabama. It is the first time the two teams have met since 1974 when Alabama won the game 8-7. Alabama also leads the overall series 2-0-1.



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