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SEMINOLES SEE PRIME CHANCE FOR TURNOVERS

Florida State's defense, which struggled causing turnovers earlier this season, picked a good time to start warming up. The Seminoles recovered two fumbles last week against Virginia Tech and on Saturday will face one of the nation's most turnover-prone teams.

Georgia Tech has fumbled 26 times and lost 14. Only Army, with 17, has lost more.

LB Derek Nicholson, who forced and recovered a fumble against Virginia Tech, said that has been a point of emphasis in practice.

"We've got to do a better job of getting turnovers," Nicholson said. "We've got to give the offense more chances to score, and we've got to create better field position for the offense."

Bellamy update: Sophomore OL Evan Bellamy, who was sidelined before the season with a blood clot in his leg, said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to return this season.

Bellamy attends practice each day, but he said he likely won't be back at full speed until January. Because he is taking blood thinners, he is not allowed to have physical contact.

"I've just got to keep waiting," said Bellamy, who is no longer fearful about his long-term health. "I was worried earlier, but now they've got it (the clot) stationed off in there, so it's not moving or anything."

UF: Wilson in limbo

GAINESVILLE - The talented but troubled career of Florida lineman Ronnie Wilson has taken another turn.

Suspended for the 2007 season after firing a gun into the air in the offseason, Wilson attended UF on his own before being reinstated.

He's continued to have issues, after playing a role as an offensive lineman on the 2006 national title team as a freshman, and is currently not with the Gator team.

Florida spokesman Steve McClain confirmed on Wednesday that Wilson is "not with the team right now."

McClain said Wilson has some issues to work on but would not elaborate.

Wilson will not make the trip to Jacksonville for Saturday's game against Georgia.

Florida coach Urban Meyer stopped short of saying Wilson's career is finished.

"He's not practicing," Meyer said. "He's just got to take care of some business. ... I don't know. We have some expectations, and he's got to meet them."

INJURIES CLEAR UP: Florida continues to come closer to full strength. Meyer said freshman CB Janoris Jenkins (shin) and redshirt senior OL Jim Tartt (shoulder) are expected to play Saturday.

UCF: Still confident

ORLANDO - The Knights (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) say they can still repeat as conference champions. They have five league games remaining against the weaker East Division, beginning Sunday night (8:15, ESPN) against athletic but erratic East Carolina in Orlando. "It's all in our hands,'' WR Brian Watters said.

Times correspondent Phil Kegler contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires and the Orlando Sentinel.

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