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Florida State Seminoles 2009 football preview

About the stadium | Doak Campbell Stadium

Capacity: 82,300

Tickets: Season tickets (six games) are $266. There is a Family Zone season ticket (sections 321 and 322 in the south end zone) for $199. A three-game pack (Miami, Georgia Tech and Maryland) is $166 and available online. A three-game plan, available by phone only, is any three home games at the following prices — $61 for Miami, $36 for Jacksonville State, $48 for USF, $51 for Georgia Tech, $48 for N.C. State and $48 for Maryland. Single-game tickets for all home games are still available ($65 for Miami, $36 for Jacksonville State, $55 for Georgia Tech and $49 for USF, N.C. State and Maryland). Tickets for road games against North Carolina ($50), Clemson ($60) and Wake Forest ($45) are available. For information or to buy tickets, go to or call toll-free 1-888-378-6653.

Parking: Fans can park at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and nearby garages and pay $3 for a round-trip pass on a shuttle to the stadium. The service will begin an hour before kickoffs and will run an hour after the games. Residents who live on the southwest side of the stadium also offer parking at various rates.



Coach: Bobby Bowden (309-91-4, 34th year at FSU; 382-123-4 overall)

2008 record: 9-4, 5-3 in the ACC; beat Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl

Conference/division: ACC/Atlantic

Conference titles: 1992-2000, 2002-03, 2005

National titles: 1993, 1999

Radio: 1040-AM (Tampa), 820-AM (Tampa), 1340-AM (Clearwater), 1350-AM (Dade City), 1400-AM (Zephyrhills)

Web site:

Area players

• Ty Jones, So., RB, Middleton

• Demonte McAllister, Fr., DT, Alonso

• Moses McCray, So., DT, Hillsborough

• Daniel Parvin, Sr., LB, Palm Harbor University

• Caz Piurowski, Sr., TE, Land O'Lakes

• Rhonne Sanderson, R-Fr., OT, Plant

• Ventoure Watkins, R-Fr., DB, Wharton

Position analysis


Redshirt junior Christian Ponder is the clear No. 1. A dual threat, he needs to throw for more yards (career best is 254) and more TDs (14, but only eight were against I-A opponents). Heralded redshirt freshman E.J. Manuel needs to get some snaps.

Running back

Jermaine Thomas (482 yards, 7.0 average) had a tremendous freshman year. Fellow sophomore Ty Jones (Middleton) showed flashes when healthy. Juco transfer Tavares Pressley missed last season (torn left ACL). Look for freshman Lonnie Pryor.

Offensive line

All five starters return, and three have earned freshmen All-America honors in the past couple of years — G Rodney Hudson, C Ryan McMahon and LT Andrew Datko (last year). Hudson is the leader; he's a candidate for the Lombardi and the Rimington awards.

Receivers/tight ends

The most productive returners are redshirt sophomores Taiwan Easterling, left, who's coming back from Achilles' tendon surgery, and Bert Reed, who needs to stay out of trouble off the field. Former Land O'Lakes star TE Caz Piurowski looks poised for a huge final year among a deep unit; you could see a tight end as an H back given the dearth of fullbacks.

Defensive line

DE Markus White, a transfer who was the junior college national player of the year, showed glimpses of star power off the bench last year. Inside, seniors Kendrick Stewart and Budd Thacker have young talent behind them in sophomore Moses McCray (Hillsborough) and freshman Jacobbi McDaniel. Senior Justin Mincey returns from knee surgery.


Senior Dekoda Watson looks ready to be All-ACC. Junior MLB Kendall Smith and sophomores Nigel Bradham and Nigel Carr all must step up and stay healthy. Depth is a concern more so than at any other spot.


Senior CB Patrick Robinson has NFL ability, assuming he plays more like two years ago (six INTs) than last year (one INT). Fifth-year senior S Jamie Robinson, a converted corner, is another playmaker. Speedy freshman Greg Reid could get in the mix soon.

Special teams

Freshman Dustin Hopkins figures to replace Groza Award winner Graham Gano. Sophomore punter Shawn Powell started seven games last season (41.1 average) before Gano took over those duties as well. All-American sprinter Michael Ray Garvin will be missed on kick returns.

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