Aug. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 3 ranked Florida State football team continued its two-a-day practice sessions in preparation for its’ Aug. 24 season opener against Iowa State on the FSU practice fields Monday. Head coach Bobby Bowden took his squad through 24 periods during the morning session and 18 during the evening session. The Seminoles practiced in full pads during the morning session and in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) during the evening session.
The Seminoles’ offensive players dominated the morning session. Quarterback Chris Rix found both Robert Morgan and P.K. Sam for long gains while Nick Maddox ripped off a long run during skeleton drills. In addition the offense scored six times in eight attempts in goal-line drills.
“We just had a first up there a while ago – the second team scored four times in a row against the first defense on goal line,” said Bowden following the morning practice. “That doesn’t usually happen. In fact the offense scored the first five times they had the ball. You don’t see that happen very often. The offense really got the best of them. I think normally the defense gets the best during that drill.”
“It wasn’t a bad practice for the morning,” Bowden continued. The kids worked pretty good.”
Bowden also spoke about Saturday’s scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I think the biggest thing about a scrimmage like that is you see what you need to do,” said Bowden. “You see things you can correct and get better at and make your team better. A lot of times you don’t discover that out here during the week in practices. When you get into a scrimmage they show up. We saw a lot of room for improvement.”
The Seminoles began the evening session with kicking drills and ended with 11 vs. 11 drills. During the kicking drills (kickoffs, kick off returns, punts, punt returns and field goals) sophomore kicker Xavier Beitia was 17-19 on field goal attempts with a long kick of 52 yards. He was four-of-six from that 52-yard distance.
Rix was a perfect six-for six-in the practice-ending 11 vs. 11 drills to a number of different receivers. Sophomore tight end Paul Irons made a splendid one-handed catch on Rix’s final pass of the night. Rix also completed his longest pass of the night to sophomore wide receiver Dominic Robinson. Another highlight was a long run by freshman running back Lorenzo Booker.
Following the evening session, Bowden turned his thoughts to the injuries suffered by his players during the first week of practice.
“Last year the injuries were severe and out for the year,” said Bowden. “This year, we are getting the normal injury – something they can get over in a week.”
INJURIES: David Castillo (grade 1 right ankle sprain), Michael Boulware (heat exhaustion in morning – did not practice during evening session), B.J. Ward (mild right knee sprain), Alonzo Jackson (mild left shoulder contusion), Jerel Hudson (mild left ankle sprain).