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FSU loses DT Griffin for season to torn knee ligament

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State defensive tackle Paul
Griffin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament
in his left knee.

Griffin was on crutches after hurting his knee in the Seminoles'
24-17 win over Troy on Saturday.

He transferred to Florida State in January after two seasons at
Butler Community College, and earned a starting position after an
impressive spring and fall camp.

"He was our second best defensive lineman," coach Bobby Bowden
said. "He did well in the spring and fall, and in the first ball
game."

Griffin's injury, coupled with the loss of second team defensive
tackles Emmanuel Dunbar (back) and Letroy Guion (right ankle),
leaves Florida State thin on the interior line.

Defensive line coach Odell Haggins said freshman Kendrick
Stewart will start alongside Andre Fluellen this weekend. Freshman
Justin Mincey, who spent time at tackle during fall camp, has moved
from defensive end to tackle to help aid the team's depth.

Linebacker Derek Nicholson sprained his right ankle against
Troy, but practiced Monday. He was expected to play Saturday
against Clemson.