Budd says it's Payback Time

November 11th of last year may mark the lowest point in the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State. Last year FSU suffered an embarrassing 30-0 shutout at home by a team who Florida State had never lost to in ACC play. Budd Thacker is taking this game as payback and a chance to make a statement to the rest of the ACC that Florida State is still a school to worry about.

Budd Thacker's freshman year was far from what he had expected with a home record of 4-4; none of the four losses at Doak more embarrassing than the 30-0 beat down Wake put on FSU last November. Thacker looks to see the field for the first time since the Colorado game. "We got to pay them back. No one comes into Doak and shuts us out. Everybody's real excited and we're just ready to get after them boys."

Thacker has been working hard in practice in hopes to get on the field this week. He has been participating in mostly everything in preparation for Thursday night. "I did everything except for goal line against the main offense. I did everything against scout. I did all the contact stuff. A few times down it was a little sore, but other than that I'm good." Thacker said, "I'm ready to rock and roll. I'm ready to go hit somebody. I'm tired of just sitting around. Right now, the plan is to go."

Thacker has been one of the vocal leaders of the defense all year. Even during the past two games where he was unable to play, he did more than his part in getting the crowd involved and pumping the team up on the sidelines. He will see his first action in nearly a month Thursday night, but is not sure how much he will play. "I don't know that's up to them (coaches). Hopefully as much as possible. All I know is when I get in, I'm just gonna go in there and do the damn thing."

With another loss by Clemson this week, Florida State now controls their own destiny as far as an ACC Championship goes. Thacker is trying not to get too far ahead of himself and looks for the team to just take it one game at a time. "We're not gonna worry about anything else. All we're going to do is just keep winning our games and let everything else play itself out. We just want to go out there and play football."

Florida State and Wake Forrest will play Thursday night at 7:30 and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Bobby Bowden has never lost to Wake Forrest in Winston Salem and looks to keep that streak alive as FSU looks to win its fifth straight game of the season.



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