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FSU linebacker: I want this one bad

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TALLAHASSEE — Few Florida State players are as straight­forward as LB Vince Williams.

The tell-it-like-it-is senior very rarely holds back from letting anyone within earshot know whatever is on his mind.

So it wasn't a surprise this week when he walked down a hall at the Moore Athletics Center and said: "Where are the writers? I've got something to say."

Williams gave reporters a glimpse into what he said other teammates have been feeling all week as the No. 4 Seminoles prepare for Saturday's game against No. 10 Clemson.

"I want to win this game as bad as I've wanted to win any game since I've been here," he said. "And I've been here what, a half a decade?

"It's going to be a huge stepping-stone for Florida State and Florida State's defense."

BOWDEN STATUE: Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden will soon have a second statue bearing his likeness, according to the Birmingham News. The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Wednesday approved a contract to build the 7-foot statue outside the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

At least one BJCC board member wants the statue up by June.

Bowden has a statue resembling him standing outside of Doak Campbell Stadium.

UM: Tough challenge

CORAL GABLES — Georgia Tech's 3-4 alignment will be unlike any defense the Hurricanes have faced this season. Subbing an extra linebacker for a defensive tackle allows freedom in deception.

"So it's a big, strong, physical group that gives you multiple fronts," Miami coach Al Golden said. "They have a very aggressive linebacker corps with playmakers. And I think the biggest change is how aggressive they are on the back end and how they're challenging receivers."

Golden is quite familiar with the man making the calls. UM's second-year head coach spent five seasons under Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh when Groh coached Virginia. Golden was his defensive coordinator 2001-05.

"I owe so much to Coach Groh," Golden said. "He's taught me more about coaching football than anybody has in 18 years. Obviously it's with a great deal of admiration and respect that we now bring a team and get a chance to coach against him."

Golden's UM offense did enough to beat Groh's defense a year ago in a 24-7 win.

But the experience advantage shifted to the Yellow Jackets in the offseason. Five juniors and seniors make up the front seven.

Georgia Tech's shifting and stunting stands out to Miami WR Phillip Dorsett: "They like to blitz a lot, and they like to bring all their players. You never know what to expect."

injury report: LB Denzel Perryman and special teams player Andrew Swasey were injury additions. Both suffered "lower extremity" injuries last week against Bethune-Cookman.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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