Florida State dismisses WR Rouse, OL Lewis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State wide receiver Fred Rouse and offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis were kicked off the team Friday by coach Bobby Bowden.

"Both players are dismissed for conduct detrimental to the welfare of the football team," Bowden said in a brief statement that offered no additional explanation.

Both players had been disciplined by Bowden during the season. He suspended Rouse for one game after the freshman argued with coaches during the Seminoles' 26-21 loss to Virginia.

"I didn't like it a bit," Bowden said then. "It's one of those things that better not happen again."

Rouse was one of the most sought after recruits in the country last year.

Bowden also suspended Lewis, a redshirt freshman, for a game during the season for a violation of team rules.

Lewis was also ejected from the Florida game for fighting and, as a result, had to sit out the first half of Florida State's 27-22 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game against
Virginia Tech.

Rouse, who started the Orange Bowl game against Penn State, had six catches for 114 yards and one touchdown last season. He also returned 11 punts for 97 yards and six kickoffs for 107 yards.

Lewis spent most of last season as a third-teamer but wound up starting three games after injuries depleted Florida State's offensive line.