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Fla. State’s Jackson Won’t Play Va.

October 18, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida State starting defensive end Alonzo Jackson will not play Saturday against Virginia because of a sprained knee ligament.

Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden was hoping Jackson would be ready for Saturday’s game, but trainer Randy Oravetz decided Wednesday to keep Jackson out until the Oct. 27 game against No. 12 Maryland.

Jackson has missed practice the past two weeks and was unable to play in the 21st-ranked Seminoles’ 49-27 loss to No. 1 Miami. Kevin Emanuel took Jackson’s spot against the Hurricanes and will start Saturday against the Cavaliers.

Bowden also said that starting wide receiver Talman Gardner sprained his left ankle in Tuesday’s practice and is questionable for Saturday’s game.

Gardner, who is tied for the team lead with four touchdowns, was held out of contact drills Wednesday as a precaution after rolling his ankle during passing drills Tuesday. He will continue to receive treatment until game time on Saturday.

``I hope he can play Saturday,″ Bowden said.

Freshman Craphonso Thorpe would likely get more playing time against Virginia if Gardner can’t play.

A string of injuries have left Florida State shallow at the wide receiver position. Expected starters Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan suffered season-ending knee injuries during preseason practices. Freshman Willie Reid has been sidelined with a broken leg, and sophomore Joey Kaleikini is still nursing a severely sprained ankle.

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