Practice Notes: Flu sidelines Rhodes

September, 11, 2012
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Florida State's best cornerback sat out of Tuesday's practice, but Jimbo Fisher said he's not concerned about Xavier Rhodes' availability against Wake Forest.

Rhodes has "a touch of the flu," Fisher said, and while the junior corner practiced Monday, Fisher held him out of Tuesday's workouts and has kept him away from the rest of the team.

"He was throwing up a little bit, and we just want to make sure we get some fluids in him," Fisher said.

Rhodes recorded Florida State's lone interception on the season in Week 1 against Murray State, but he's set to get his biggest test of the year Saturday against Wake Forest and receiver Michael Campanaro, who leads the ACC -- and is fourth nationally -- with 260 receiving yards through two games.

Fisher said Rhodes practiced well Monday, and he doesn't expect his lone veteran corner to miss any more practice time.

"He should be ready to go (Wednesday)," Fisher said.

Jenkins checks in:
Defensive end Brandon Jenkins was on campus Tuesday, his foot wrapped and crutches under his arms.

Jenkins suffered a lisfranc fracture in his left foot against Murray State and will miss the season, but Fisher said he expects the senior to remain a fixture in the Seminoles' locker room.

"He'll come to terms with things, and I think that's what he's doing right now," Fisher said. "But he'll do well, and he'll be back around and be a great leader for us, no doubt."

Small sample size:
The film didn't take long to deconstruct, but Lamarcus Joyner was pleased with his grade from the Savannah State game nevertheless.

"I got a perfect score," Joyner said. "I never got a score like that in my life."

Of course, that perfect score came on just 12 defensive snaps for Joyner, who like the rest of Florida State's starters, was benched after the first quarter as the Seminoles built a 35-0 lead.

Still, Joyner said, he doesn't take anything for granted, and while the game didn't present much of a challenge, Louisiana Monroe's upset of Arkansas last week provided all the incentive he needed to appreciate each win.

"I expected (an easy win), but I'm pretty sure the guys from Arkansas expected the same thing," Joyner said. "It's the easiest game I think I've ever going to play in my life, but it was a good one."

Friendly reminders:
Florida State may be getting plenty of reminders of last year's loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., but Demon Deacons head coach Jim Grobe is happy to remind his team of an equally ugly performance the last time it played in Tallahassee.

In 2010, Wake Forest lost to the Seminoles in a 31-0 route. QB Tanner Price, then a freshman, finished just 6-of-12 passing for 35 yards and an interception.

“There’s not a tougher place that I know of to play a football game," Grobe said of Doak Campbell Stadium. "We know we’re going to have to play great.”

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