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FSU dismisses fullback Surratt

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State FB Joe Surratt has been dismissed from the team, coach Bobby Bowden said Thursday.

Bowden called the move "an administrative decision."

"That's the way it is right now," he said.

When pressed for details, Bowden would not give reporters a reason.

"Don't even ask me," Bowden said. "I knew if I said that that you'd ask a question. … That's as far as I want to go with it."

Surratt, 22, missed last season with a broken leg. He was later suspended for most of the year after an altercation with police outside a Tallahassee nightclub.

The senior from Pace has one rushing attempt for 6 yards this season.

PONDER OKAY AFTER WRECK: One day after his sport utility vehicle was wrecked in an off-campus accident, sophomore QB Christian Ponder practiced at full speed.

Ponder, who was not cited in the accident, said a driver swerved into his lane at a busy intersection. He and punter Graham Gano were returning to campus after speaking at a Tallahassee middle school.

"I'm fine," Ponder said. "It was a pretty bad wreck, actually."

Ponder said he and Gano were shaken but not injured.

Familiar place: After consecutive 7-6 seasons, Florida State is excited about taking a 4-1 record into next Thursday's game at N.C. State.

Of course, Bowden remembers that the Seminoles had an identical record at this point last season. The Seminoles then lost their next two games, including a Thursday night game at Wake Forest.

"We've played probably better the first five games than we did last year," Bowden said. "There is still a lot out there to find out."

UF: Harvin to play

GAINESVILLE — Gators WR Percy Harvin is expected to play Saturday against No. 4 LSU.

Harvin sprained his ankle last week and wore a protective boot this week. He was limited in practice Wednesday and fully participated Thursday.

Coach Urban Meyer said that Harvin "looked good.''

RB Emmanuel Moody (ankle) wore a boot leaving practice and will miss his second straight game. LB Dustin Doe (hernia) is recovering from surgery and will not be back. Redshirt junior Ryan Stamper (ankle) will start at outside linebacker after missing two games.

OLs Marcus Gilbert (ankle) will return, and Jim Tartt (shoulder) might play. Carl Johnson will still make his second straight start at left guard. S Will Hill (hamstring) and RB Kestahn Moore (hamstring) will return after missing one game, although Moore is not 100 percent, Meyer said.

UM: Questions on D

CORAL GABLES — Bill Young, hired as defensive coordinator in the winter, said he takes responsibility for the slumping Miami defense, but believes progress in near.

With the exception of a strong effort against Florida through three quarters on Sept. 6, the defense has been a weak link, especially the past three games.

"I certainly don't want to stand here and point any fingers at my players," Young said. "That's our responsibilities. What you see is what you coach. It's our job to get them in the right spot at the right time."

The Hurricanes have been exposed badly in losses to North Carolina and Florida State and had problems the second half of a victory over Texas A&M. In the past three games, opponents have averaged 367 yards and 30.6 points.

"We're not all on the same page as a defense," he said. "Obviously, that's my responsibility. We've been making a few mental mistakes, and we're making them at the wrong time. When we do, if we're not in correct position, then obviously bad things can happen if you attack that area. That's kind of the biggest issue. That's something we identified a long time ago."

Times correspondents Ira Schoffel and Phil Kegler contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

FSU dismisses fullback Surratt 10/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 10:58pm]
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