Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida State Notebook

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

JACKSON OUT 3-4 WEEKS

With seven Seminoles already lost for the season due to injury, starting DE Alonzo Jackson couldn't help but brace for the worst news as he awaited yesterday's MRI test results on his right knee. In what amounts to a bit of good news, Jackson will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament.

"I was praying for it being a bruise, but I think my prayers were being answered with it just being sprained instead of being torn and out for the season," said Jackson, adding that he hoped to be back for the Oct. 20 game at Virginia.

NG Jeff Womble's status for the Oct. 13 home game with Miami will be day-to-day after an MRI exam and X-rays revealed a sprained left elbow ligament suffered in the Wake Forest loss. Womble, who hyperextended the elbow, has been fitted for a cast to try and speed up the healing process.

INJURIES OPEN DOORS FOR WALK-ONS

NG Mike Shaw and DT Brian Ross, a pair of walk-ons, saw extended action against Wake Forest on Saturday in the wake of Womble's injury and the unavailability of Travis Johnson (ankle sprain).

Shaw, who starred at Parker High, worked with the first team defense yesterday alongside Darnell Dockett. The junior had a career-high four tackles against the Demon Deacons in his most extensive action to date.

"He [Shaw] may be there come Saturday a week," defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews said. "If he does, there's no problem being a walk-on . . . just don't play like one when you get in the ballgame."

RIX GETS HIGH MARKS

Redshirt freshman QB Chris Rix came out of the Wake Forest game grading out at a season-high 84 percent according to quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey.

"He had a lot fewer negative plays and a lot more positive plays," Dickey said, adding that would have been even better than his 354-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Demon Deacons had he not elected to run as often as he did. …

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