Aug. 1, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State’s 2002 freshmen went through their second day of practice on the Ed Williamson practice fields on Thursday. They started with a two hour morning session and the second session, which was supposed to be at 3:00 this afternoon was canceled due to inclement weather that moved through the Tallahassee area. The newcomers went through agility and position drills during the morning practice, which included one-on-one skeleton drills with freshman Wyatt Sexton at quarterback.
“They’ve done well and I haven’t seen anything that’s disappointing,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They learned a little more today, but there is still so much to learn. Some of the stuff we went over yesterday they picked up decently and it’s just a matter of continuing to work on it. The (running) backs caught the ball pretty good and Wyatt Sexton can really throw the ball, he seems like a natural back there.”
The newcomers got a chance to showcase some of their talents for the first time as one-on-one skeleton drills highlighted the practice. Sexton went 10-for-16 with several nice deep passes to Lorne Sam. The running backs continued to impress as Lorenzo Booker made a one-handed grab across the middle after beating one of the linebackers off the line. Thomas Clayton also made a nice reception deep down the sideline.
After only two periods the coaches canceled the afternoon session due to lightning in the area.
“We might have gotten 20 minutes of practice in,” said Bowden. “When the varsity comes in we would have probably gone back out, but with the freshmen here we won’t do that. They can make it up, this really isn’t a concern this early in two-a-days. We went earlier today since the varsity is coming in, we kind of rushed it. We’ve got plenty of time so this won’t hurt anything.”
The varsity reports for dinner Thursday evening and will do their running tests of 16, 110-yard sprints Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The first full squad practice is set for Saturday (8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) with media/fan day set for Sunday.