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Florida State Defensive End Shot

September 17, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida State defensive end Eric Powell was in stable condition Monday after being shot in the lower back on Sunday.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Powell was shot during an apparent robbery attempt, university officials said. The senior remained in the intensive care unit Monday at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

``We are all very sorry and we all will be looking for a speedy and safe recovery for him,″ Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Monday. ``I talked with his mother this morning, and she seems to feel he is making progress.″

Powell started the season opener at Duke and made seven tackles in the first two games for the sixth-ranked Seminoles.

Florida State’s scheduled game Saturday against Georgia Tech was postponed following last week’s terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, and the Seminoles didn’t practice over the weekend.

Starting Florida State offensive tackle Pablo Lopez was shot and killed just after the start of the 1986 season in a shooting near campus.

In February, freshman linebacker Devaughn Darling died after completing a rigorous offseason workout. An autopsy was unable to pinpoint an exact cause of death, although an irregular heartbeat was a likely reason, medical authorities said.

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