Sept. 9, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FSU football coaches turned their focus toward Chattanooga on Tuesday but according to head coach Bobby Bowden the players did not. The first day of game week preparation was sloppy according to the legendary coach as the squad practiced for 24 periods in full pads in anticipation of the second-ever meeting between FSU and Chattanooga.
· When 1-on-1 moved into the red zone Surrency and Reed caught TDs while Fortson hauled in two. One of Fortson’s catches was a one-hander on a high pass that looked as if it was sailing over his head. Ochuko Jenije, Carter and Korey Mangum broke up passes.
· In skeleton Tony Carter and Michael Ray Garvin broke up passes. Christian Ponder connected twice with Easterling and also completed passes to Carr and Jermaine Thomas. Richardson had a nice drill with a deep TD to Bert Reed, another deep pass to Louis Givens and completions to Joe Surratt, Jarmon Fortson and Wade.
· During pass rush Moses McCray and Markus White recorded multiple sacks. Justin Mincey, Benjamin Lampkin, Everette Brown and Jeremy Johnson also got by their men. For the offense reigning ACC Player of the Week for the offensive line Rodney Hudson was the only player to record multiple wins. Ryan McMahon, Zebrie Sanders, Will Furlong and David Spurlock also won battles.
· There were a lot of defensive highlights the rest of practice and they started in 11-on-11. Darius McClure and Jenije both broke up passes. Vince Williams and Lampkin had QB pressures. Kevin McNeil recovered a fumble off a bad snap. Brandon Paul had the biggest play as he broke off a long TD run. Drew Weatherford hit Bert Reed on a deep TD while Ponder found Easterling twice and Carr once.
· The defense went a perfect 4-for-4 in goal line. Paul got a couple yards on the first carry from the three. Seddrick Holloway was stuffed from the one on the second play. On the third play, from the three once again, Holloway made a great move to get free and walk into the endzone but Maurice Harris was the last defender and he stood up and drove Holloway back as the entire defense celebrated the hit. White and Rod Roberts ended the drill stuffing Surratt from the one.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
“At practice today we had entirely too many situations where a kid didn’t know what to do. The coaches got on them pretty good. It was a pretty tough practice, it wasn’t an easy one. We had too many guys that don’t line up correctly or don’t know where to line up.”
On whether the struggles in practice were based on the fact that the team is playing two FCS teams in a row:
“That and I think the coaches were mad, somewhere in between there. It was definitely back to work today. They got what they needed.”
On the young defensive linemen that played against Western Carolina:
“They did well. They didn’t destroy anybody. They didn’t take over or anything like that. I thought under the circumstances they just did well. You know, we’ve got to do better than that with the schedule coming up down the road.”
On his young offensive line’s first game:
“The older guys did and the younger ones didn’t do good stuff. It’s gonna be a roller coaster ride with them. I felt they did a good job of getting themselves up, playing every game. Off to a bright start but that wasn’t Wake Forest out there either.”
On who stood out during the game:
“I wasn’t pleased with (Zebrie) Sanders at all. I didn’t think he played very well. I thought (Andrew) Datko did a good job and I thought (David) Spurlock really played well. I though Spurlock really played well and I thought Datko played well. I really like the things Datko did. But the other guys, those two freshman, we’ve got a little ways to go there. I thought (Ryan) McMahon, (Rodney) Hudson, (Will) Furlong, and I thought (Antwane) Greenlee, when the times they were in there, they didn’t do too bad. I’ve got a lot of combinations I can go with. I like Greenlee right now, I like Datko and I like the way they’re coming along.”
On what has impressed him about Andrew Datko:
“1250 on the SATs. Does everything just like you tell him to do. He’s gonna find out quicker then the other guy technique. Technique will get you through the game. Technique will put me in positions to make the block. And if I do exactly what the coach says I’ll be in good shape and I just have to get it done. The other guys they just jump back and get themselves in bad positions.”
On playing in his first game against Western Carolina:
“It’s exciting, really don’t have much to say about that. You can’t really explain it, the feeling you have out there. You just have an incredible feeling when you’re out there on the field. For me, being my first time out there was my dream. I kept telling myself every time I got on the field this is my dream to play out here and make myself motivated to go hard.”
On playing in his first game as a Seminole:
“At first I couldn’t believe but then I got my first rep. Yeah a lot of [first game nerves] like when we first ran out I was looking at the lights, the people and the big stadium. Like I said, when I got my first rep it was back to business; this is football.”
On what went through his mind when he caught the TD pass:
“You know a lot of people are making a big deal of it because it was my first touchdown of my career, but you’ve got to be addicted to the touchdown and go back to it again and again and again. So when I caught it I was like ‘finally, I got my first touchdown’ and there are more to come.”