Aug. 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team practiced for two hours Friday morning in full pads. The evening session was canceled due to rain so the players met with their position coaches. The Seminoles held a 23-period morning practice session working on position, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. FSU ended the morning workout with a 20-minute scrimmage spending the last five minutes on goal line situations.
Greg Jones had a 10-yard run in his first practice with full contact. Jones has been held out of contact as he recovered from a knee injury suffered against Wake Forest in the 2002 season.
“We let Greg Jones get a little work in which he handled pretty good,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “With Greg, it’s one of those things you don’t want to fear. You’re not going to put him in unless he’s well, yet you are conscious of (the injury).”
Lorenzo Booker posted a 40-yard run during 7-on-7 against the No. 2 defense.
“Booker made a couple of nice runs which was very encouraging,” said Bowden.
The defense shined again today with the highlight coming on an interception by Marcello Church courtesy of a tip from Chauncey Davis. The No. 1 defense held the No. 2 offense out of the endzone on all four goal line attempts while the No. 2 defense kept the No. 1 offense from scoring on three of four tries. Booker eventually scored from the one on the last play of practice.
“The offensive line is still a little patchy,” said Bowden. “We have two guards in their playing side by side, both of which we’re trying to get ready to roll.”
The evening session scheduled for a 6:10 p.m. start was canceled due to inclement weather. Both the offense and the defense elected to meet inside.
The Seminoles will hold a full scrimmage Saturday afternoon at 3 :30 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Alternating two-a-day practices will continue through Friday, August 22nd. FSU opens the 2003 season at North Carolina on Saturday, August 30th. The game will be carried live by ABC at 8:00 p.m.