September 18, 2006 - by
Florida State Returns To Practice And Shifts Focus To Rice

Sept. 18, 2006

TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
NOTES
• Florida State worked out for 10 periods in shorts Monday evening.
• The team spent the first two periods working on conditioning indoors and then finished the practice working eight periods in Doak Campbell Stadium.
• The offensive and defense spent the practice working independently of one another.
• Kevin McNeill went through his first practice with the team and is expected to see action versus Rice Saturday.
Tony Carter was named ACC Specialist of the Week after returning two blocked kicks for touchdowns.

QUOTES

Head Coach Bobby Bowden
“We had our honor roll where we talked about the good plays from the last ball game. We spent all day – a lot of time grading the film of the players. We’ve definitely got to get out tomorrow; we’ve got to get out. The weather is driving us inside too much I think it probably had a little bit of an effect last week because we had to go inside and practice our passing game some. We missed some time on that and it kind of shows up. I hope tomorrow we can get outside.”

Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden
on why the offense was unable to score a TD in the first half
“Turnovers, right now that’s what it looks like to me. We had a drive going early on but we fumbled the ball and that is probably the best explanation I can give.”

on FSU’s running game
“I told the kids, I said before the game we were going to stay with the run; we were going to be patient with the run. Last year, we were real quick in the second half and abandon it and go to the pass. That is exactly what (Clemson) wanted us to do and we didn’t do it. We gave ourselves a chance. We got ourselves back in the game. Late in the game the biggest mistake we made was the third-and-one that we didn’t convert that we should have converted.”

Safety Myron Rolle
on his increased involvement in the Clemson game
“I prepared myself to be ready. It was the same type of preparation that I have pretty much had the first two weeks. I was happy I was able to get into the game and make some contributions when I was in there.”

Quarterback Drew Weatherford
on the positives he saw when watching the game film
“The fact that we could run the ball versus a really good defense like Clemson was a positive. It showed a lot on the part of our running backs and o-linemen. There was good blocking downfield. We are never going to quit. This team never has and it never will. We have too much character on this team ever to just lie down.”

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