Dec. 29, 2003
Miami, FL –
With the 2004 Orange Bowl nearing, ninth-ranked Florida State continued to work out at Barry University Monday morning. The Seminoles spent 18 periods working out in shells as they start to wind down as New Year’s Day approaches.
“Today was a good day,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Today was like a normal Wednesday practice to us and tomorrow we’ll rehearse our game plan and go without pads. It is hard to tell how well things have gone because you are just going against yourselves. I think we have been able to do everything we wanted to do but we’ll have to play somebody to find out just how well we are doing.”
The team spent the first 12 periods working against scout teams before moving into 1-v-1 drills where quarterback Chris Rix hooked up with Chris Davis. As the team moved into 2-v-2 drills, Antonio Cromartie came up big with a pass break up.
In pass skeleton drills, Davis came up big again as he and Rix continued to connect. Rix also hit Joey Kaleikini on a couple of 20 yard passes. The biggest connection of the day came between Rix and Chauncey Stovall, which was over 50 yards. For the defense, Rufus Brown had a pass break up.
The defense had a lot of success in the final drill as they had their share of success in 11-v-11. Chauncey Davis and Charles Howard each had sacks and Ernie Sims and Jerome Carter each pressured QB Fabian Walker, causing him to throw the ball away. Gerard Ross had two pass break-ups but the most jaw-dropping play was turned in by Stovall. The junior from Vero Beach, FL made a diving stab near the sideline that caught the attention of both units.
Stovall was held to just one catch for five yards the first time FSU faced Miami but he has appeared in all 12 games and is averaging over 17 yards per catch with two touchdowns. Stovall has 139 yards receiving in the last three games and will be counted on more heavily against Miami due to the loss of Craphonso Thorpe.
The Tribe will return to Barry University Tuesday, December 30 as they hold their final practice before Thursday’s Orange Bowl. For all the latest news on the 2004 OB or Seminole football please log on to the official athletic site for the Florida State University Department of Athletics at www.seminoles.com.