Dec. 19, 2007
· The team spent much of the practice working versus scout teams.
· In pass rush Emmanuel Dunbar and Paul Griffin all won four battles. Budd Thacker got to the QB three times, Kendrick Stewart, Neefy Moffett and Everette Brown all won multiple battles. Alex Boston also got to the quarterback. For the offense, Rodney Hudson and Evan Bellamy held their own a couple times and Ryan McMahon, Will Furlong and David Overmyer won a battle as well.
· In 2-on-2 Drew Weatherford hit Rod Owens deep and also found Preston Parker. Christian Ponder connected with Bert Reed twice and Parker on a deep ball. Patrick Robinson and Benjamin Lampkin both broke up passes.
· In red zone skel Weatherford connected on two TD’s with Parker and also hit Greg Carr.
· 11-on-11 started out working with down and distances. Weatherford connected with Chase Walker and hit Antone Smith who turned the dump off into a big play. For the defense Darius McClure had an INT and Michael Ray Garvin broke up a pass.
· Practice ended with the 1:00 drill. The offense needed a field goal but was unable to come up with any points despite completions from Weatherford to Rod Owens and Smith. Derek Nicholson had a sack and Tony Carter broke up a Hail Mary to end the session.
QUOTES FOLLOWING THE AM PRACTICE
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
On today’s practice:
“Pretty good practice. Naturally we’re having to make a lot of adjustments. We were planning on practicing twice today, but we just want to go this morning, we’ll have to use this afternoon for meetings because we’ve got some guys playing positions they haven’t played before–not many, but some.”
On how he thinks the Seminoles will match up against
“I think we’ll be competitive, where it hurts you is depth. We’ve just got to stay healthy.”
Quarterback Drew Weatherford
On what impact the players’ suspensions will have on the bowl game:
“I don’t know, time will tell. A lot of these guys haven’t had an opportunity to go out and show what they have, show what they got. So time will tell.”
On how things are different under the circumstances:
“We’re just trying to carry on like we always have and come out to work every day and get better. We can only control what we can control, and that’s coming out to work every day and practicing.”
“We’ll be just fine. There are a lot of guys who have opportunities now who haven’t had them in the past, and they’ll get a chance to show what they got.”
On how the team will grow despite the circumstances:
“Adversity like this can always bring a team together, and I expect that with the type of guys that we have and the character we have and the coaches we have, really bring every body together and we’ll go out and compete like we always have.”
On how the team found out about the suspensions:
“We haven’t had an official team meeting, this all came on us–we found out when you guys found out, and I think the coaches are just trying to carry on like normal and practice and just get better.”
On how the players not participating in the bowl have reacted:
“They’ve been great. They’ve come out to work every day and practiced hard and done what they could to help the guys who are going to be taking over their positions, but they haven’t expressed their emotions in full.”
Defensive Lineman Andre Fluellen
On how this will affect Coach Bowden’s legacy:
“Not really. Coach Bowden’s done so much for this team. All this stuff is out of his control so it has nothing to do with his legacy. I know he’s concerned about it, but at the same time he’s the type of person to move forward from it.”
“We still have the talent to beat anybody. I’m not really worried about that. I’m confident we can go up there and win. We’re just going to go up there and the job done, have fun at the Music City Bowl.”
On how things have changed due to the circumstances:
“Right now we’re just getting everybody to practice and play hard, that’s the first thing. Once you teach that, everything else is pretty easy.”
On the goals of the team going to
“We’re still going to go up there and do something special. Leave a legacy for me, and for new people who have to play are going to have to play hard and people who are still in, we’re just going to do the best we can.”