August 13, 2001 - by
Defense Shines In Skeleton Drills During Evening Practice
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
    The 5th-ranked Florida State Seminole football team continued two-a-day practices Monday evening as they took the field for 18 periods with skeleton drills once again highlighting the action. All-American Chris Hope led the way for the defense with an interception in one-on-one drills and a pass break up and another pick in seven-on-sevens.


    “We finally were able to get two practices in today,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “There was some sloppy play out there today and I think that is typical of a lack of concentration. Maybe the kids got tired with two practices today but I saw too many dropped balls and sloppy play.”


    Malcolm Tatum continued his strong play from the morning session by picking off his second pass of the day. Leroy Smith and Jerel Hudson both broke up pass attempts in Monday night’s seven-on-seven drills while the loudest cheer came when Allen Augustin picked off a pass in passing drills against the backs and tight ends.


    “I think we are progressing but you have to realize this is only our second day in shorts,” said Bowden. “I think we are progressing like I would expect so far.”


    In the morning session Monday, highly recruited freshman Adrian McPherson got off to a strong start to his Seminole career by completing seven of eight passes during one stretch on mostly underneath routes. The two-sport star from Bradenton connected with fellow frosh P.K. Sam on back-to-back passes and also found Lincoln High standout Craphonso Thorpe on a short route over the middle. Chris Rix continued to throw the long ball well Monday morning connecting on a deep sideline pass with Atrews Bell and hitting Robert Morgan on a long TD pass. He also connected with fullback Randy Golightly a few times in the evening practice. Anquan Boldin, who is battling Rix for the starting job, was also very efficient in the morning session completing a high percentage of passes during seven-on-seven drills and connecting with Bell and Travis Smith on impressive plays.


    “I thought the quarterbacks played well,” said Bowden. “There might have been a little bit rusty but not so much that I noticed it.”


    Defensively, Stanford Samuels, Rufus Brown and Tatum seemed to be picking up right where departed seniors Tay Cody, Clevan Thomas and Derrick Gibson left off in 2000. All three had a strong morning practice. Samuels had great deep coverage on a bomb to Bell early in the drill and recorded a pass break up towards the end of the seven-on-sevens. Brown recorded three PBU’s including one during one-on-one drills earlier in the day. Tatum had a strong morning highlighted by a PBU and an interception off of a tip on back-to-back plays. Senior Abdul Howard also recorded an interception in the seven-on-seven drills.


    The Seminoles continue two-a-day practices Tuesday, August 13 at 8:35 a.m. when they are scheduled to practice for 24 periods. FSU is expected to work out in pads for the first time this season Wednesday.


    INJURY REPORT: Atrews Bell and Talman Gardner both suffered mild hamstring strains and are expected to miss a day or two of practice. Eric Moore suffered heat cramps and Cornelius Collier and Gerard Ross sustained right groin injuries.

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