TALLAHASSEE — Florida State DB Lamarcus Joyner wants a championship ring.
The junior and his teammates are so motivated that they are brainstorming ways to end the disappointment of the last half-dozen, championship-free years. Joyner's belief is that in order for that to happen, the Seminoles need a change or departure from current reality.
This week, Mother Nature has obliged.
"We are trying to take this program in a different direction," Joyner said.
Daily afternoon rain showers and frequent thunderstorms this week have forced the Seminoles to alter their practice patterns. FSU is raising funds for an indoor practice facility, but for now it has to get creative. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Seminoles practiced at 5:30 a.m., and may do it again today.
"We're trying to win and whatever the head man wants, that's what we're going to do," Joyner said. "If that means coming in at 4:30, an hour earlier, then that's what we are going to do."
Coach Jimbo Fisher likes the effort but would prefer not to have the early practices.
"If it rains every day from 12-7, you've got to go at 5:30," Fisher said. "I hate it because of getting your kids in bed and your meeting times, and it does rearrange your whole schedule, especially when you're still in school. But, at the same time, you've got to practice."
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
UF: Compete, or else
GAINESVILLE — Competition among the Florida defense in fall camp is so intense it's almost like playing in an actual game every day, players said Thursday. Coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have said no starting spots have been nailed down, and Pease said this week "the depth chart is changing on a play-to-play basis."
Sophomore DB Louchiez Purifoy said he, Jaylen Watkins, Cody Riggs and Marcus Roberson are battling neck-and-neck for the two cornerback positions. DB Valdez Showers said the all-around competition on defense is "a battle all day, every day."
"Everybody is competing," Purifoy said. "There are no starters, everybody is competing for a job. Nobody has a job."
According to his teammates, DL Dante Fowler, a former Lakewood High standout, is spending time with the first-team unit while the Gators wait on Ronald Powell, who has no timetable to return from a torn left ACL sustained in April.
"He's coming into his role real well," Purifoy said.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
UM: OT in accident
CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes OT Seantrel Henderson was involved in a car accident last week in Miami. According to Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts records, Henderson was cited for three infractions by the Florida Highway Patrol during an accident Aug. 1: driving with an expired license, disobeying a traffic sign, and driving without a license unknowingly. He was fined $484. It's unclear if others were involved or injured in the accident.
Coach Al Golden said Henderson had a medical issue, believed to be a concussion, and is not cleared to practice.