Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FLORIDA STATE INCHES EVER CLOSER TO THREE YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST…

Florida State wide receiver Taiwan Easterling ruptured his left Achilles during winter conditioning drills this week and will miss spring practices, a school spokesman confirmed.

Easterling, whose eight starts last year were the most of any returning receiver, will have surgery a week from Friday. Beyond missing spring practices, which begin March 2, there is no timetable for Easterling's return.

The injury is a significant hit to an already depleted receiving corps. The Seminoles will have to replace former receiver Preston Parker, who has been dismissed from the team after his career was marred by legal issues, and leading receiver Greg Carr, who has graduated. Easterling was the Noles' third-leading receiver in 2008 with 30 catches for 322 yards and a touchdown.

“Dadgummit,” said head coach Bobby Bowden, “That No. 82 was a good kid. He wasn’t even on dadburn probation. Ah, hell, it don’t matter anyway, we don’t have a dadgum quarterback that can throw the blame ball to him any ol’ way…”

(*items in italics may not be true.)

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