Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Janikowski Ready to Chomp Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Janikowski Ready to Chomp Again

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TALLAHASSEE -- Polish-born Florida State junior kicker Sebastian Janikowski has full command of the English language. And as he proved his freshman season, he's also a quick study of the incendiary arts.

Making his first visit to Florida Field with the No. 1 Seminoles in 1997, Janikowski fueled the fervor of Florida fans, mocking them with his own version of the Gator Chomp after each made kick.

While the Gators had the last laugh, spoiling FSU's national championship aspirations and a perfect season with a 32-29 victory, Janikowski repeated his performance during last season's 23-12 Seminoles victory in Tallahassee.

It's safe to say that no Seminole -- other than Peter Warrick -- will elicit a more venomous response from Florida fans on Saturday than Janikowski, when No. 1 FSU tackles No. 3 Florida down in The Swamp.

"I don't know if I'll do it [Gator Chomp] again. I might," Janikowski said. "I got a lot of e-mails cussing me out. The fans get crazy out there. I've got more experience. I don't really care about fans right now."

Rest assured the Gators care about Janikowski, who will rest his left leg this week at practice while recovering from a hip flexor strain sustained in Saturday's win over Maryland. The reigning Groza Award winner and All-American has been an effective weapon against Florida each of the past two seasons.

In his two appearances against the Gators, Janikowski is 6 of 6 on field-goal attempts, 4 of 4 on point-after tries and booted nine of 13 kickoffs for touchbacks. He has kicked three field goals in each game, including a 41-yarder in 1997 that gave the Seminoles a 29-25 lead with two minutes to play, which loomed large until the Gators put together the game-winning touchdown drive.

In addition to boasting the leg strength that pushes his field goal range upward of 60 yards when he's healthy, Janikowski has been equally important for the Seminoles as their kickoff specialist. …

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