March 21, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State football team held a spirited 22-period practice session Friday on the FSU Practice Fields in preparation for Saturday’s half-scrimmage. The team worked in shells for the first time during the Seminoles’ 15-session spring practice run. Florida State opens its 2003 regular season at North Carolina Aug. 30. The first home game of the season is scheduled for Sept. 6 against Maryland.
Friday’s practice session concentrated on fundamentals with seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills coming during the second half of the afternoon. After working the first 20 periods on team drills, the team practiced field goal attempts and field goal and extra point block defense.
“We practiced in shells today which means you can’t tackle,” said associate head coach and defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. “Today was a day where you start getting familiar playing with pads on. We are trying to teach them to play without their hands and staying in their feet.”
Saturday’s scrimmage will be a half-scrimmage according to Andrews. The team will practice fundamentals on the practice fields for the first half of the session and then will scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“It will be the first time we have played live, the first time we have blocked live and the first time we have tackled live,” said Andrews of the scrimmage. “It will be interesting to see where they are. It will be an indication of how far we have to go to be a good team.”
Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden also met with the media after Friday’s practice.
“I’m sure Chris (Rix) will get all the plays with the one’s and Wyatt (Sexton) will get all the plays with the two’s,” said Bowden. “There will be some second team players playing with the one’s – and I’m thinking more offensively. The first line will be out there a bunch,’ he said about the scripted 48-play scrimmage which is scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m.