FSU notebook

Practice prepares Seminoles offense for Gators


Miami Herald Writer

Offense prepared

When the Seminoles take the field to play the Gators on Saturday, they will play the fourth-ranked defense in the country.

But Florida State’s offense faces the top-ranked defense in the country each week when it goes “good on good” in practice.

“That gives the best preparation you need during the week,” FSU quarterback EJ Manuel said. “It’s 40 [plays], and when we do go full speed, it is full speed. You would think that we have the crowd out there watching us, the TV’s on, all that stuff, it’s all to the wall, we’re going hard.”

• Running back Debrale Smiley was the only Seminole banged up against Maryland. He has a high ankle sprain.

• Manuel said he rolled an ankle in Saturday’s game, causing him to limp at the end of a series. The fifth-year senior didn’t miss any snaps during the game, however, and said it wouldn’t be an issue this week.

• A week after starting a small controversy with his comments about the BCS computers, coach Jimbo Fisher refused to discuss the BCS on Monday. Florida State is ranked 10th for the second week in a row.

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