August 23, 2006 - by
Football Team Continues Two-A-Day Practices Wednesday

Aug. 23, 2006


• The Seminoles worked out for 21 periods Wednesday morning (three periods shorter than usual) and are scheduled to go back out for 18 periods at 6:15 this evening

• The coaches usually have the team work in full pads in the morning and shells in the evening, but decided to go shells for both sessions after Tuesday’s full scrimmage

• In a.m. 11-on-11, Chris Davis continued his big-play theme of the preseason with a leaping 25-yard reception on a Drew Weatherford pass and a five-yard TD catch on a tipped ball in the back of the endzone (where he was not the intended receiver)

Greg Carr also had a TD catch on a 15-yard pass from Weatherford

• Defensively, Darius McClure made a nice diving pass break-up in the endzone and Letroy Guion added a quarterback sack

• After Wednesday night’s session, the Seminoles will practice again Thursday morning at 9:45


Head Coach Bobby Bowden

(On practice)

“We came out in shells this morning. Just the shoulder pads and hats following yesterday’s scrimmage. We didn’t feel like we could put them back to back out here in full pads. This afternoon we will go again around 6:15, they will be in shells also. So again the main thing we are trying to do today is look at the mistakes made in practice and get them corrected, looking at new stuff we are trying to do offensively and defensively. Came out of yesterday’s scrimmage in decent shape, thank goodness, and if we keep them healthy we can get some things done. We still have a long way to go but we are headed in the right direction.”

(After watching the tape of yesterday’s scrimmage)

“We had a couple of good plays by certain individuals, had some good catches by certain individuals. I felt (Jae) Thaxton did a good job of knocking the ball out one time causing a fumble. He just took his hand and rammed that ball right out of there. It is good for the offense to see what happens if you don’t wrap it up correctly and for the defense to see what they can do. Overall it will be hard to pick out one guy and tell you how he played. The coaches will give me the grades and I will know after that.”

(On the offensive line)

“Good at times. We put our second line in and its murder. Quarterback doesn’t have time to cock his arm. Especially at tackle, those ends get that speed rush up field and they get by you and its dead, but that is the only way we are going to learn it.”

(On cross-training offensive linemen between first and second team)

“These freshmen are going to be good football players. I don’t know, but the toughest thing to learn is probably offensive line play. They are good players that don’t know how to do it yet. It very obvious, you get in the scrimmages and that is where you see it.”

(on the competition at center)

“They are playing well. Both of them are. We could end up trying to play both of them.”

Rover Myron Rolle

(On returning to practice)

“I feel real good getting out here. It feels good to start running again. Today I got to run with the ones a little bit. That was a plus. I think it is improving everyday, my shoulder.”

(On his injury history)

“I have never really got hurt. I guess through the grace of god I have been able to stay healthy and that is a wonderful thing. Being injured can play a lot of tricks on your mind. You want to be out here and you can’t, you see all of the guys out here and you want to join your team. Coach (Jon) Jost has really helped me mentally through this injury, just staying positive and trying to get through this recovery as fast as possible and getting out here and playing.”

(More on his injury)

“The most important thing is to get ready and be ready for that Miami game. I will be ready and I know football is a violent sport and you have to play through pain sometimes. It really doesn’t hurt to the point where I can’t function. I feel that I’m just going to get ready for the game and prepare just like everybody else is and we will look at it and take precaution with it but I will be ready for that game.”

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