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Junior linebackers Michael Boulware and Kendyll Pope, receiver Anquan Boldin and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett have applied to obtain information from the NFL's underclassman advisory committee. Also, click here to read Mickey Andrews' review of the ESPN-produced "The Junction Boys."

Go or stay?

That's what four Florida State underclassmen must decide over the next few weeks. Junior linebackers Michael Boulware and Kendyll Pope, receiver Anquan Boldin and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett have applied to obtain information from the NFL's underclassman advisory committee.

"It's going to be a clear thing," said Boulware, who ranks second on the team with 109 tackles. "If I'm sitting in a certain range, then I'm probably going to end up leaving. I'm not really worried about it. If something does come up and I'm in that range, there's no way I can turn that down."

Pope, who leads the team with 117 stops, agreed with Boulware's approach.

"I'm pretty much the same way," Pope said. "I haven't really been thinking about it -- trying to get my mind on Georgia. But like Mike says, if my name comes back in a certain area, I'm going to take that shot."

Boldin said he was awaiting evaluation but was leaning toward a return to Tallahassee. Word is Dockett, who continues to be slowed by a sore Achilles, also plans to remain in school.

"It's kind of motivation for me right now where we are to come back next year and work really hard and put this team in position where we can play in the national championship," Boldin said.

NOT IMPRESSED: The ESPN-produced movie about the rigorous training camp Paul "Bear" Bryant held prior to his first season as the head football coach at Texas A&M – called "The Junction Boys" – aired recently. Mickey Andrews, a former Alabama football standout, gave his review Monday:

"They got the hat right."

Andrews was referring to Bryant's trademark houndstooth hat that actor Tom Berenger wore during the final scenes of the movie when it closed with a 25th anniversary reunion of that 1954 Texas A&M team. Andrews confessed that he didn't watch the entire film when it aired Saturday night, but he wasn't impressed by "the little bit" he did see.

"When you get Hollywood involved with football, it don't look like football," said Andrews. "It's not about blocking and tackling, surviving and getting better. They go with more of the sensational stuff. It's scripted. It's not really football."

Andrews was a standout on the 1961-64 Alabama teams, which won a pair of national championships for Bryant. He also admitted to wanting an opportunity to interview for the Crimson Tide's vacant head coaching job.

"Sure. Who wouldn't want to go back to their alma mater?" he said. "But that's all out of my control right now. I've just go to do my part to help us get ready for Georgia."

REORGANIZING: Andrews' Goal Line Bar-B-Q did its last day of business on Sunday. The family business, which opened this summer, was in the process of reorganizing into a catering business that will be operated by their son, Ronnie.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior tailback Nick Maddox said the sprained ankle that sidelined him for the regular-season finale against Florida is about 95-98 percent healthy and he will be ready for Sugar Bowl. Defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley downgraded his status from questionable to doubtful. Bunkley, who injured his knee against Florida, said he could play in a backup or emergency role.

WORTHY OPPONENT: While some may question the Seminoles' BCS spot and Sugar Bowl bid with four losses, Bowden says Georgia is right where it belongs.

"They are very deserving of where they are," Fsu coach Bobby Bowden said. "Their defensive team reminds me a lot of Notre Dame, except I believe they are faster. They play hard like Notre Dame and have an excellent kicking game. The offense makes very few mistakes and is very dangerous -- maybe the best group of receivers in the country."

MATCHUP: As the Seminoles continue preparing for the Sugar Bowl, one of the key matchups will feature FSU's much-improved pass defense and Georgia's quarterback David Greene. The sophomore has more than 2,800 yards passing and 22 TD's while throwing just eight interceptions. He is first in the SEC in passing efficiency and third in total offense. Freshman Fred Gibson is his top target and has hauled in 41 balls for 746 yards and four TD's. He and fellow wideout Terrence Edwards are second and third in the league in receiving yards per game.

FSU's pass defense has shown a major improvement over the last six games. In the first seven games of the season, the Seminoles allowed an average of 274.6 passing yards per game. In the last six, FSU 's secondary has given up just 207.7 yards per game through the air for a difference of 66.9 yards per game. The improvement has carried over to the scoreboard as the Seminoles allowed 23.1 points per game in the first seven, but gave up only 18.8 points per game in the final six games of the regular season.

"I think they (the secondary) have gotten better as time has gone on and that is a good sign," said Bowden. "Its better to go in that direction than the other direction. They have gotten some experience now and they are playing better. Their play will be very important in the Sugar Bowl and not only because of (Georgia quarterback) David Greene. They (Georgia) probably have the best group of receivers we've played against. They have some very good receivers."

HONORS: Point guard Todd Galloway, who spearheaded the Seminoles' come-from-behind 56-47 victory over Birmingham Southern with a strong second-half performance, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Monday.. Galloway is only the eighth player in Florida State history to have earned the award since the 1991-92 season. The eight Florida State players have now earned the honor a total of 11 times.

Galloway (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame (Va.) Academy) scored 12 points on seven of eight made free throws (all in the second half) while handing a great deal of the guard duties during the final 20 minutes of the game. He played a career-high 29 minutes and was not charged with a single turnover (zero turnovers) while scoring 10 second half points including the go-ahead 3-pointer for Florida State in their only game of the week.

In playing his career-high of 29 minutes, Galloway played 17 minutes in the second half and was the Seminoles' second half scoring leader with 10 points. His field goal (a three-pointer) in the second half came with 10:14 remaining and put Florida State up to stay, 41-39. He scored five consecutive points for Florida State to bring the Seminoles from three down to two ahead (two free throws and 1 made 3-point shot) in the span of 1:19. Florida State went from down 36-39 to up 41-39 with the ball in Galloway's hands.

He then extended the Seminoles' lead to four with 3:45 remaining in the game with a made free throw after getting the ball for the Seminoles with a defensive rebound. Galloway then closed out the Panthers with two more made free throws with 1:18 remaining in the game.

Galloway is ranked fourth on the team in scoring with an 8.2 points per game average and has 13 assists and only seven turnovers in 128 total minutes played. He averages 21.3 minutes played per game.


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