TALLAHASSEE — One week after Florida State's players, coaches and teammates celebrated his earning a Rhodes Scholarship, the Seminoles learned that they will have only one more game with junior S Myron Rolle.
After Saturday's 45-15 loss to Florida, Rolle confirmed he will not return to Florida State for his senior year. Though he hadn't decided whether he would spend the next two years studying abroad in Oxford, England, or if he would concentrate on April's NFL draft, Rolle said he was certain that he was done at FSU.
"This was my last game in Doak Campbell Stadium," Rolle said. "This wasn't the way I wanted to go out, but like I told the younger players, they have an opportunity to turn this around and do better against Florida than I did during my time here."
Rolle, who is attending graduate school this semester after earning his bachelor's degree in 2½ years, tied for the team high with seven tackles Saturday.
Rolle might not be the only early departure for FSU's defense. Junior DE Everette Brown, who some consider a possible first-round pick should he leave early, said he soon will begin weighing his options.
Garvin a bright spot: Though Florida State's defense was no match for the Gators, senior CB Michael Ray Garvin certainly did his part to help the Seminoles' offense.
Garvin returned five kickoffs for 172 yards, including a 63-yarder after Florida's first score.
"That's about the only thing we did well," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "When we looked at Florida on film, the only weakness I saw was their kickoff coverage. But they didn't need it."
With a bowl game remaining, Garvin is closing in on the FSU career record for kickoff return yardage. He has 1,650 yards on 69 career returns; that puts him 54 yards behind Keith Ross (1,703), who played from 1985-88.
Failure to communicate: Bowden grimaced when asked about FSU's fake field goal try at the end of the first half.
With the Seminoles trailing 28-9 and only three seconds remaining, senior K Graham Gano lined up for a 40-yard field goal.
But once the ball was snapped, Gano flared to his left and caught a lateral from holder Shaun Powell.
The play went for a loss when Gano slipped on the wet field, but it likely wouldn't have gone for a score anyway. Bowden said FSU's coaches actually tried to call off the fake when the players went onto the field, but Gano and Powell never got the message.