Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Extra Points

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Watching last night's game from the sideline was a painful experience for FSU senior OT Ross Brannon. The Marietta, Ga., native continues to rehab his right knee following meniscal transplant surgery in November by Atlanta surgeon Thomas Branch. "It's coming along, but it's not where it needs to be," Brannon said. "I really wanted to be playing this game, but that's life." Branch performed the surgery -- Brannon's seventh -- in hope of salvaging a once-promising career. FSU trainer Randy Oravetz said it would be at least another month before the two-year starter could return to action, though there is a chance Brannon may never make it back. "All I have is hope, but I think that's probably all he [Brannon] has," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "Right now, I hate to say he won't because maybe he will, but he's got to get a lot better." Brannon, who could cash in on a $750,000 catastrophic injury policy if he never plays again, remains optimistic. "I'm not going to stop trying until all the doors are closed in my face," said Brannon, who hasn't played since last season's Georgia Tech game.


Sophomore DE A.J. Jackson had a little added incentive heading into his second career start last night. Jackson's father, Eddie Jackson, was able to make the short trip from Americus, Ga., where he is battling cancer. Eddie Jackson's health prevented him from making the trip to Jacksonville for the season opener, when A.J. capped his first career start with his first collegiate sack. "I went crazy, just crazy," Eddie Jackson said. "He gives me joy."


Third-year sophomore K Chance Gwaltney made good on his first career start, connecting on a 21-yard field goal at the end of the Seminoles' opening drive of the game. Not only was it the first field goal of the season -- Matt Munyon missed two attempts in the opener against BYU -- but they were the first points for the Cairo, Ga., native. …

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