It's only spring, but already Florida State has Oklahoma on the mind. The Seminoles, routed by OU last season, haven't forgotten and have their Sept. 17 home date with the Sooners circled.
“I believe we really didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, but this year, they have to come to the big brick place, they gotta come to Tallahassee,” Florida State cornerback Greg Reid told ESPN's Bruce Feldman. “Everybody's excited. This place will be jam-packed. We got something on our shoulders where we have to prove a point, especially if they're preseason No. 1. From a defensive standpoint, we just have to stay focused, have fun and communicate. Not let the quick hurry-up offense get to us.”
Reid, burned multiple times by the Sooner wideouts last season, says he's especially motivated for what should be a bout between Top 10 teams.
“I'm not even gonna lie,” he said. “Every time I'm working out, I think about Oklahoma."
FINCH, RONNELL BACK, MILLER EXPECTED BACK, TOO
Running back Roy Finch, who re-aggravated a stress fracture in December and missed the Fiesta Bowl, is expected to be a participant in spring practices, coach Bob Stoops said Monday.
Despite missing six games, Finch was second on the team with 398 rushing yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
Defensive end Ronnell Lewis (concussion, neck stinger) and wideout Dejuan Miller (torn meniscus) are also expected to take part in spring drills after getting injured last season.
“Ronnell is expected to go, though we want to be smart with how much we give him,” Stoops said of Lewis, who had to be carted off the field on a stretcher during the Fiesta Bowl and spent a couple of days in a Phoenix-area hospital. “But right now, he went through the whole second half of our winter with no problems and is feeling good. He has been cleared to go.”
Miller was injured six games into the season, just a couple of days before the Sooners traveled to Missouri. Coming back for spring ball could prove to be valuable for Miller, who will be competing for a starting role alongside Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills.
“Dejuan is expected to be cleared this week if not (Monday),” Stoops said. “We're expecting him to be out there.”
Also, defensive tackle Daniel Noble, who missed several games due to lingering effects from a concussion, was back on the field Monday.
Running back Jermie Calhoun, still recovering from a torn ACL, “is not ready, but healing fine and doing well,” Stoops said.
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