Dec. 19, 2003
Tallahassee, FL –
The ninth-ranked FSU football team worked for 18 periods in pads Friday afternoon as they continue to prepare for a New Year’s Day showdown with No. 10 Miami. Most of the day was spent working versus the scout teams but head coach Bobby Bowden couldn’t help worry about the squad’s focus this close to Christmas break.
“We have got everything done that I think we could,” said Bowden. “We have kept the same routine we have done in the past and the kids have responded. I haven’t seen any pouting or dragging around. They will all be scattering tomorrow.
“Its tough to stay focused. The students are gone and they want to go home. There is no game this weekend. There will be an entirely different attitude when we meet down there (Miami). Here it is kind of like get it over with and when we get down there they will be licking for the game.”
Practice was fairly uneventful as neither squad went head-to-head with the other most of the day. Eventually the receivers and defensive backs squared off in 1-v-1 drills. Chris Davis had the two biggest catches of the drill as he hauled in a deep pass along the sideline from Fabian Walker and a deep ball down the middle of the field from Chris Rix. Antonio Cromartie had a pass break up for the defense. The DB’s got a measure of revenge in pass skeleton as they frustrated the offense most of the period.
The Seminoles will practice early Saturday morning and then reconvene in Miami December 26th. The five-day break will be the longest the Tribe has had since practice first began August 6. Bowden isn’t too worried about his team’s physical condition despite the long break.
“When we meet the day after Christmas, we’ll do a lot of running that day,” said Bowden. “We’ll gradually work them back into it. They can’t get real out of shape in four days unless they really try to. We are in our fourth month of football and the guys are in pretty good football shape.”
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