Noles News 09.14.11

Jimbo Fisher seemed most pleased with Tuesday's practice as the 'Noles continue to prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners. Receiver Willie Haulstead was again not participating in practice, and my sources indicate he is very doubtful for this game. Receiver Bert Reed and corner Xavier Rhodes were at practice, and though limited as a precautionary measure, I do expect both to play.

Here is Stoops' press conference

Here is some potentially big injury news out of Sooners' camp:

I'd guess Lane Johnson will make his first #Sooners start at FSU. RT Daryl Williams still feeling high ankle sprain.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Some background here: Williams is starting for Jarvis Jones, who tore his patella in March. Lane Johnson is a really, really interesting story. He went to JUCO as quarterback, grew into a tight end, transferred to Oklahoma, kept growing, moved to defensive end, kept growing and is now at offensive tackle. Oklahoma people rave about Johnson's talent, but he is really raw and has never started a game at tackle. And now it appears OU might be running him out there against Bjoern Werner. I know I'll be monitoring this closely.

Here's an Orange Bowl flashback from our sister OU site.

Our friend at SI, Andy Staples, pairs teams with movies:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: It's debatable whether Return of the King was the best film to hit theaters in 2003. Mystic River and Lost In Translation made fairly good cases as well. The Oscar for the final installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy was really a celebration of that film and the previous two, which also were excellent. Florida State's lofty ranking at the moment is a celebration of its past -- those of us who vote in polls never could accept when the Seminoles were down because they had been so dominant for so long -- and a projection of its future based on recruiting hype. Saturday, the Seminoles can justify that ranking with an Oscar-caliber performance against Oklahoma. Tallahassee may be buzzing about freshman studs such as defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, but we've only seen them against Louisiana-Monroe and Charleston Southern. Play great against the Sooners, and we'll believe the hype.
Last game: Beat Charleston Southern, 62-10
Next game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma

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