Seminoles Prep for Badgers
Next game: Saturday, December 27th - Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After putting his team through a week of preparation under balmy conditions, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is confident the Seminoles are on track for their Dec. 27 Champs Sports Bowl date with Wisconsin.
"You can only do so much," said Bowden, after dismissing his team for an abbreviated holiday break on Friday. "We got everything that we wanted to get in and so now it's a matter of going out there and executing."
The Seminoles (8-4) will reconvene Monday in Orlando for final bowl preparations. While the game against the Badgers (7-5) will mark the final collegiate contest for 11 seniors on FSU's two-deep roster, it may also be the last contest for a handful of underclassmen considering NFL careers.
Junior safety Myron Rolle, a third-team All-American who is weighing the Rhodes Scholarship against the NFL, has already told Bowden that he will not return for his senior season. Junior defensive end Everette Brown, a second-team All-American who earned his degree last week, is also seriously weighing a draft declaration.
"It is a tough process, but a good process," said Brown, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in sacks (12 1/2) and tackles for loss (20 1/2). "You do have a lot of things on your plate, a lot of options, but you can't go wrong with any option.
"The main thing I have to go through is keep my priorities right and not look ahead, take it one day at a time," Brown said. "I've been able to do a good job of that, talking to my parents and looking at the big picture."
Bowden, who has already spoken with Brown about the issue, is quick to point out the success stories of former Seminoles Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn after they returned for their senior seasons.
"Another year wouldn't hurt (Brown)," Bowden said.
A handful of other Florida State juniors -- linebacker Dekoda Watson, cornerback Patrick Robinson, defensive tackle Justin Mincey and wide receiver Preston Parker -- have also submitted their names to the NFL for draft status evaluations.
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