TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Former star cornerback Terrell Buckley was hired as a student assistant coach by Florida State on Tuesday.
Buckley, who spent 14 years in the NFL, joined a pass defense ranked 30th in the nation last season. He holds the Florida State record for interceptions in a career (21) and season (12).
Buckley's best NFL seasons came with Miami from 1995 to 1999. In those five years he intercepted 22 passes, two of which he ran back for touchdowns, and averaged more than 10 yards per punt return. He retired after spending the final month of last season with the New York Giants.
``Terrell is ideal,'' coach Bobby Bowden said. ``We are lucky that he is going back to school.''
Four key defensive players coming off season-ending injuries last fall were on the field with the first two units at Tuesday's morning practice as the Seminoles prepare for its Sept. 3 opener at Clemson.
Tackle Paul Griffin, safety Anthony Houllis and linebackers Derek Nicholson and Marcus Ball had surgery to fix knee injuries last season.
Center John Frady, guard Dumaka Atkins and linebacker Jae Thaxton have not been cleared medically to begin practice. Frady started all 13 games last season while Atkins played in 10 games last season.
Bowden also said second-team offensive tackle Matt Hardrick has been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules.
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