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FSU says OU focus can wait a week

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that there was only one team his Seminoles were preparing for this week.

And that team does not call the Sooner State home.

The sixth-ranked Seminoles will give Charleston Southern the same level of pregame training that Miami, Virginia and Florida, among others, will receive this season, Fisher said.

"How you want to be treated, treat other people," he said. "Nobody ever wants to be disrespected. … How do you give respect to somebody? By preparing and giving them your best, by giving them your A game and not joking and clowning or doing anything in that respect. You have to bring your A game, and you have to do it every week."

Since Charleston Southern lost 62-0 to UCF on Saturday and won just three games in 2010, it could be easy for FSU to look ahead to its Sept. 17 home meeting with No. 1 Oklahoma. Fisher said there's a good reason the Seminoles won't overlook the Buccaneers.

"Because it's about us," Fisher said. "The thing about sports that we as coaches always emphasize and players don't always believe it, and fans don't always believe it, sports is more about you yourself and what you do than the other people."

This and that: WR Willie Haulstead (concussion) was back at practice Monday afternoon. … Fisher said he was happy for assistant Rick Trickett and his son, backup QB Clint Trickett. Clint threw his first career touchdown pass Saturday, as cameras caught his dad becoming emotional.

USF: Young honored

TAMPA — USF senior S Jerrell Young, who had a hand in two of the Bulls' five takeaways in Saturday's win at No. 16 Notre Dame, was named Big East defensive player of the week.

Young, a Gibbs graduate, stripped the ball at the goal line from Fighting Irish running back Jonas Gray, and CB Kayvon Webster scooped up the loose ball and went 96 yards for the game's first touchdown, the longest defensive score in USF's 15-year history. Young added an interception in the fourth quarter, helping the Bulls hold off Notre Dame.

USF's Maikon Bonani, who went 3-for-4 on field goals and matched his career long with a 49-yarder, was named to the Big East's weekly honor roll. Bonani's only miss came from 52 yards. His kicks helped the Bulls to a 16-0 halftime lead.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UCF: Respect for BC

ORLANDO — UCF enters Saturday's home game against Boston College as the favorite, but the Knights expect a fierce battle.

"It's a big challenge," senior LB Josh Linam said. "They're a good team. We're going to have to play really good football all around."

Junior RB Latavius Murray said he expects Boston College to be motivated after losing to Northwestern in the opener.

UCF coach George O'Leary's take on BC: "Big offensive linemen. Good run defense. They're a typical Boston College team that we've faced in the past. Line of scrimmage game, good run defense, All-American linebacker. … We'll have our work cut out for us."

BC receiver out: Eagles WR Ifeanyi Momah, who had a team-high eight catches for 171 yards before tearing a ligament in his left knee in Saturday's opener, is out for the season.

Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press

>>Up next

Florida

vs. UAB, 7 Saturday; TV: FSN

Florida State

vs. Charleston Southern, 6 Saturday; TV: ESPN3.com

USF

vs. Ball State, 7 Saturday; TV: BHSN

Miami

vs. Ohio State, 7:30 or 8 Sept. 17; TV: TBA

UCF

vs. Boston College, 8 Saturday; TV: CBSSN

FSU says OU focus can wait a week 09/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 10:40pm]
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