A recent injury to Rodney Dobard's left foot was diagnosed Monday as a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal. The 6-foot-9 center on the Florida State basketball team is expected to miss three to four weeks of practice, but could be ready for the season opener Nov. 27 against Texas Southern. Despite that news, coach Pat Kennedy said he is pleasantly surprised with the performance of his players through two weeks of practice. The Seminoles have had several scrimmages, and newcomers Douglas Edwards and Andre Reid, both from Miami, have looked impressive.
"Our frontline looks very solid," Kennedy said. "Douglas _ I was going to reserve my evaluation _ but he's everything everyone else said he was. He hasn't had one bad day of practice."
Edwards, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was voted Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida in 1989 but sat out last season because of Proposition 48 academic requirements. In a scrimmage Sunday, he scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. He also had five defensive rebounds. Forward Michael Polite added 25 points.
If there is a concern, it's at point guard, where Kennedy is experimenting with junior Lorenzo Hands, sophomore Chad Copeland, junior-college transfer Derrick Myers and senior Aubrey Boyd. Right now, Boyd would be the starter, Kennedy said.
"We need a point guard to run the team," Kennedy said. "We're going to be an inside-oriented team. But the bad news is people are going to make us answer from the outside."
The Seminoles have exhibition games scheduled against Athletes in Action on Nov. 14 and the Brazilian Olympic Team on Nov. 19.