March 16, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team began spring
drills this afternoon with a 20-period practice followed by conditioning.
Head coach Bobby Bowden did not attend practice as he was in New York to
accept an award.
“The first day you want to get through practice without getting
anyone hurt and everyone accustomed to practice,” said assistant head coach
Chuck Amato. “Coach Bowden gave us a list of what he wanted us to
accomplish in the spring and the most important were tackling on defense
and blocking on offense. It was a good first practice.”
Quarterback Chris Weinke threw a football for the first time since
his neck injury lightly on the sideline during today’s workout. Weinke,
who will be held out of contact until summer workouts, threw approximately
150 passes in the 15-30 yard range and said his arm felt good.
Amato announced that senior linebacker Bobby Rhodes would return to
the team. Rhodes left the squad prior to spring conditioning, giving FSU
only four experienced linebackers on the spring roster. He recorded 41
tackles a year ago and was expected to battle for the starting job this
“Bobby came to us and said he wanted to return to the team,” said
Amato. We met as a staff, met with the seniors and decided he could come
back. I think he went through a lot after the Fiesta Bowl loss and was
confused and hurt following that game. He will make up what he missed as
we continue practice. He is a good football player and we are glad to have
The Seminoles will practice again tomorrow afternoon and again
Friday before holding their first scrimmage on Saturday.