November 12, 2007 - by
Banged Up Seminoles Return To Practice Monday Night

Nov. 12, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla.The FSU football team is as banged up as it has been at any time this year. Eight players appeared on the injury report Sunday following the loss to Virginia Tech. Included in that group are all three of Florida State’s scholarship running backs. Despite the bumps and bruises, the Seminoles returned to the practice fields Monday night. The team worked out in shorts and helmets for 10 periods on the band field in preparation for Saturday’s showdown with the Maryland Terrapins (5-5, 2-4). The game will be broadcast by Lincoln Financial Sports and Raycom.



  • The ACC announced today that the Seminoles’ game versus Florida will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. and be broadcast by CBS.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden
On the health of the team:

“A lot of guys are banged up. As the week goes by we should get better and better.” 

On Antone Smith’s health:
“Antone said he thought he’d be ready to go when I talked to him tonight.”
On the running back situation:

“We are working some other folks there just in case. D’Vontrey Richardson is working back there some.”
On the team’s resiliency:

“They worked good tonight. What they did in the third quarter (versus Virginia Tech), was unbelievable.” 
Wide receiver De’Cody Fagg:

On the quarterback situation:

“Right now Drew’s (Weatherford) back with us, he’s the starter. He looked fine today in practice and we still have Christian (Ponder) and Xavier (Lee) working in, both with the second string, getting reps and we’re just getting prepared for Maryland this week.”


On Drew Weatherford:

“I know it was frustrating for him because he wanted to get back out there and help the team out the best way he could and he knew he couldn’t be out there. He wanted to get back out there, but the trainers thought it was safer for him to stay on the sidelines. (Christian) Ponder was out there and doing a good job so there was no need to put him back out there at that point in time.”


On getting back into a rhythm with Weatherford:

“Today we came out and had a real good practice with him just stepping right back in. We still have the consistency. We just need to go out and put everything into practice and get ready for the game.”


Nose guard Budd Thacker

On the Virginia Tech game:

“In the third quarter we got out there and got after them, we’ve just got to keep it up the entire game. I thought we definitely fought.”


On sending the seniors out with a win on Senior Day:

“It’s the senior’s last game at home and you want to send them out with a win; that’s something everyone wants to do for our seniors. We want to do everything in our power to give the seniors one last win at home.”


Linebacker Dakoda Watson

On his interception for a touchdown in the Virginia Tech game:

“The main thing for myself is to never run after the crosses (crossing routes). Coach (Amato) always tells me to stay at home and fire because I like to chase things coming across and I just stayed at home and it finally paid off. It was a dream come true. It’s the type of play that you dream of as far as the ball being knocked right to you and taking it to the house.”


What the team can take from the Virginia Tech game”

“We showed that we are capable of winning these games, but unfortunately we didn’t pull it out. The third quarter showed that we are able to play at that level and Florida State hasn’t lost it completely. Hopefully we can continue to get better against Maryland and Florida and whatever bowl game we play in the future.”


On the defense putting points on the board:

“That’s one thing you need as a total team. The offense can’t do it all, special teams can’t do it all and the defense can’t do it all. We have to try to score points how ever we can. If we can get it on special teams that’s fine, if we get it on defense that’s fine and of course we have to get it on offense.”


On the physicality of the game:

“I saw it when we were watching film that they were an aggressive team. It kind of shocked me that they lost to BC. I thought they should have won that game. I was more worried about Virginia Tech than BC. No disrespect to (BC), but Virginia Tech, as you’ve seen on TV, is a very aggressive team.”


Offensive Lineman Daron Rose

On his status:

“I was with the twos (tonight). I don’t know how much I’m going to play, but I’m practicing this week so I guess that’s a good sign.


“When (Coach Fisher) asked me how I was I told him I was fine. I don’t know if the trainers want me to practice. They’re talking about me riding the bike or doing some jogging because I haven’t done any running yet, but I figure I might as well get out there and practice and see how it feels. I was able to make the practice and do everything.”

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