Aug. 9, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The Florida State Seminoles continued two-a-day drills Friday, August 9, with an 8:30 a.m. 24-period practice in full pads. The Tribe did not practice on the field in the afternoon session, opting to conduct walkthroughs inside at the rubber room.
Head coach Bobby Bowden did not attend morning practice to attend his grandson Justin’s graduation from the Marine Reserves.
Coach Bowden left the practice reigns in the hands of associate head coach Mickey Andrews.
Coach Andrews and the rest of the staff worked the team through a variety of drills to prepare the squad for Saturday’s scrimmage.
“We’re not mentally and physically tough enough to play football right now,” remarked Andrews following the practice. “I’m talking about defensively. We got to learn how to practice full speed in shorts and full speed in scrimmage. Up and down we had some good plays on both sides. Not much consistency on either side.
In one-on-one drills between the defensive backs and wide receivers, freshman Lorne Sam was able to beat the DB and haul in a 30-yard reception from sophomore quarterback Adrian McPherson. Later in the drill, junior Anquan Boldin made an impressive catch, laying out for the ball before going out of bounds.
Sophomore Chris Rix had a strong outing during the 11-on-11 drill as he completed three of five passes.
The defense turned in an impressive performance, as well. Sophomore cornerback Bryant McFadden held his own against the first team receivers, not allowing a pass reception.
The future of FSU linebacking was on display when freshman LB Sam McGrew took on smash mouth running back junior Greg Jones, winning the challenge by delivering one of the hardest hits of the practice session.
Highlighting the end of practice, the first-team defense did not allow a score in five attempts in the goal line drills. The second team stopped the offense two out of four times.
“We’re not working on Iowa State, we’re working on Florida State,” commented Andrews. “We’ve never been in a ball game where our main focus was our opponent. We determine who wins or loses. We’ll have to get our game plan in and work on it. But scheme don’t mean a hill of beans if you don’t go out there and execute, play hard, make tackles, cover and rush and do that all together.”
Saturday’s practice schedule starts off with a light 80-minute session at 8:30 a.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. The scrimmage is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Doak Campbell and will be closed to the public.
Today’s Injury Report: WR Craphonso Thorpe (big toe) x-ray to be taken later.