TALLAHASSEE — Despite a steady downpour and 30 mph wind gusts as Tropical Storm Fay moved into town Friday afternoon, Florida State opted to practice outdoors.
"I was trying to be Michael Phelps out there," QB Christian Ponder said.
The Seminoles are uncertain whether they can hold their second scrimmage today at Doak Campbell Stadium. Inclement weather is forecast to hover for a couple of days, leaving FSU in danger of losing a critical portion of its preseason.
"I don't think we have ever had a practice like this where we went out and worked in that kind of weather," coach Bobby Bowden said. "It usually drives you inside. But we felt like with no lightning we had better take advantage of it."
If weather prevents the Seminoles from scrimmaging today, they will try to do it next week.
"We can't lose our second scrimmage," defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said.
PONDER'S PREDICAMENT: A sore right shoulder kept Ponder from throwing for the second consecutive day. "It's tough because there is a big competition on now," he said. "It stinks that I have to sit out a couple of days, but I'd rather be healthy instead of hurting myself."
CAPTAIN BEN: Senior RB Antone Smith (offense) and senior CB Tony Carter (defense) were named team captains by Bowden at a luncheon. Fifth-year senior Benjamin Lampkin was named special-teams captain, catching some off guard, including Lampkin.
"I didn't expect it," said Lampkin, placed on scholarship just this week. "There are a lot of good players who play special teams and probably are more deserving of the team captain, but the coaches told me, and I was shocked."
USF: Transfer watches
TAMPA — As USF went through its final two-a-day practice of the preseason, a potential transfer watched from the sideline and said he considers the Bulls his top choice for 2009.
Marshall "Scottie" Williams, a three-star linebacker from Decatur, Ga., who played two games as a freshman at Mississippi last season, has left the Rebels and hopes to land at another program in January.
Williams, 6 feet 1 and 210 pounds, was rated the nation's No. 39 outside linebacker by Rivals.com and No. 41 by Scout.com. He plans to take classes from Georgia Perimeter College in the fall and transfer in January with three years of eligibility.
His father, Marshall, said he has offers from Cincinnati and Rutgers, but USF is his top choice. The Bulls had not offered a scholarship, but Marshall said his son was impressed with the program.
STARTING: After two weeks with the first team, junior Kion Wilson will start at middle linebacker in next week's opener against Tennessee-Martin, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said.
UF: Court case
GAINESVILLE — Former Armwood standout Torrey Davis is expected in Alachua County court Sept. 25 for a pretrial conference for driving with a suspended license. During an arraignment this week, his attorney requested a continuance in the case involving unpaid traffic citations. Another case involving a separate traffic violation was dismissed Aug. 18. Davis, a sophomore defensive tackle, is not practicing, and coach Urban Meyer has said he will not play in the Sept. 30 opener against Hawaii because of disciplinary reasons.
UCF: Soggy but ready
ORLANDO — Tropical Storm Fay has dumped seven inches of rain on UCF's field, but school officials said Bright House Networks Stadium should be ready to host South Carolina State on Aug. 30, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"The field is holding up well right now," said Robert Sample, UCF director of sports turf and grounds. "It's losing just a little bit of color because we haven't seen any sun."
UM: Early risers
CORAL GABLES — With the start of fall semester five days away, Miami began practice at 5:30 a.m. so players could attend orientation and other academic meetings the rest of the day.
"It was a fun practice," coach Randy Shannon said. "It wasn't too hot, the players were enthused and they flew around."
Times staff writers Greg Auman and Antonya English and correspondent Joe Rienzi contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.