Aug. 9, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The 2001 Florida State football freshmen class held their second two-a-day practice, which was their last workout without the varsity. The newcomers worked for approximately two hours in the morning practice and went just over an hour in the afternoon practice.
Following the morning workout, head coach Bobby Bowden took note of freshman kicker Xavier Beitia and freshman walk-on punter Chris Hall. Both were impressive during speciality work at the conclusion of the morning session.
“I don’t think he (Beitia) missed on a field goal and kicked three out of the practice field,” said Bowden. “The punter (Hall) had plenty of scholarship offers, but wanted to come to Florida State. There aren’t many times you see two first year players come in and kick like they did. It’s a good sign, but now they must do it under pressure.”
This year’s freshmen class was ranked by many recruiting analysts as the best in the country.
“They are all alert, working hard and eager – that’s good,” said Bowden. “Out of everything, the thing you can see is the athletic ability of the entire group.”
In addition, the varsity reported for the first time Thursday evening for dinner and a 6:00 p.m. squad meeting. The upperclassmen will run 110-yard dashes on Friday instead of the mile-and-half, which had been used in the past.
“I’m anxious to see Jon Jost’s (first-year strength and conditioning coach) new conditioning test,” said Bowden. “I don’t know how to judge it yet because I haven’t seen it. It seems to make more sense in terms of football. You don’t ever have a third down and mile-and-a-half.”
The varsity will run the 110-yard distance 16 times while the freshmen look on. The entire team will practice together for the first time Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and again Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Media day and fan day will be held Sunday.