COLLEGE PARK, Md. — With a police investigation into a melee between members of the football team and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity on Nov. 12 still ongoing, coach Bobby Bowden said he had no qualms about playing five players he suspended last week.
"They've had their punishment," he said a few days ago.
So with no arrests made yet, receivers Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed, Corey Surrency, Cameron Wade and Richard Goodman (who is out with a knee injury) were in the stadium for Saturday's game against Maryland.
Easterling and Surrency were on the field for the opening play; FSU came out in a four-receiver set. Easterling, Reed and Surrency all had an impact.
FSU police spokesman Maj. Jim Russell said late Friday that investigators have been conferring with the State Attorney's Office about the incident. Arrests will come, most on misdemeanors. But a felony charge is likely for the individual who picked up and threw a chair that hit a female bystander and caused severe injury. Who that was, however, has been difficult to ascertain.
Any student-athlete facing a felony can't represent the school, according to FSU's athletic department code of conduct. Those facing misdemeanors can play subject to the approval of his/her coach and the athletic director.
First timer: With Myron Rolle in transit from Birmingham, Ala., where he was interviewed for and won a Rhodes Scholarship, senior Kenny Ingram, a one-time safety who had been playing linebacker all year, made his first career start at rover. Senior Darius McClure likely would have moved from free safety, but he tore cartilage in his left knee last week.
Ingram had his first career interception in the second quarter. That ended a string of 132 passes by Maryland's Chris Turner without an interception.
Rolle made it to the stadium in the second quarter and left the FSU locker room with 6:23 left in the half.
He waved to the FSU fans in the corner of the stands then received congratulatory hugs from teammates. Rolle entered the game for Maryland's final series of the half.
Moving on up: FSU senior TB Antone Smith scored on a 1-yard run late in the first half to give him 14 rushing touchdowns this season, fourth most in school history.
Gimme five?: With Christian Ponder starting Saturday, the Seminoles now have used five different QBs in the past six games against Maryland. Chris Rix started in 2003, then Wyatt Sexton in 2004, Drew Weatherford in 2005 (and last season) and Xavier Lee in 2006.
The 600 club: Maryland was looking for its 600th win in its 115 seasons of football. The Terps fell to 599-520-43.
Familiar face: Maryland has just two Floridians on the roster, but a key one is starting junior safety Terrell Skinner (Boca Ciega). The converted receiver entered the FSU game with 47 tackles (fifth on the team) and an interception.
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