Sept. 11, 2007
Coach Bowden Practice Report Podcast – September 11th
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Seminole football teams was back in full pads Tuesday as the squad went through a 24-period practice, mostly focused on Colorado. Florida State worked on special teams, in position groups defensively and the receivers and quarterbacks spent a good amount of time working with one another. Most of the practice was spent working versus Colorado scout teams. FSU will return to practice Wednesday.
- Former Clemson head coach Danny Ford visited coach Bowden at practice on Tuesday. Ford, who led the Tigers to a National Championship in 1981, was in town to talk to the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.
- Andre Fluellen (defense) and Anthony Houllis (special teams) will be captains once again for the Colorado game. The offense has yet to name its captain for the game.
- The team did 1-v-1 a little differently Tuesday. Instead of lining-up across from one another, the corners lined up behind the receivers in a trailing position.
- Each unit was having its way with the other in different drills running simultaneously on adjacent fields. In 7-on-7 the QB’s were having a great period. Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee completed five deep passes. Weatherford hit Greg Carr and Richard Goodman twice each while Lee connected with Rod Owens.
- Next door, during the same period, the defense was dominating pass rush. Andre Fluellen led the way with three wins but Neefy Moffett, Paul Griffin, Justin Mincey and Kendrick Stewart all won multiple battles. Towards the end of the drill the offensive line started to catch up as Will Furlong, Daron Rose, Caz Piurowski, Jacky Claude and Rodney Hudson picked up wins.
- Goal line was pretty even with the ones and twos each scoring on two of four tries. The first team offense got in the first two times on a Charlie Graham TD pass from Weatherford and a Marcus Sims run. The next two plays failed due to a Neefy Moffett sack and a holding penalty that brought back a Jamaal Edwards TD run. The second team started out with a big loss as Roosevelt Lawson had a great tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Lee hit Josh Dobbie for a TD on the next play with big-time pressure from Eli Charles, who was right in the QB’s face. After a Seddrick Holloway TD run, Marcu sBall broke up a pass in the endzone.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden:
“We came out early today, we thought we were going to get lightning and everything this afternoon, it was predicted, but we didn’t get it, that is why we getting through a little bit earlier. Had a pretty good practice.
“It will be a very testy ballgame no doubt about it. And playing out there will be a little bit different. Again, the key to us is we must keep improving. We ain’t even close to being able to level off. (Colorado is) just a good solid football team. Pretty big, pretty big and well coached. It’s different because you don’t know any of them. You’re not playing somebody that you know their kids. A lot of unknowns in that regard. (Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins) is very likeable, kind of a country boy. I like him.”
On imagining what it would be like to have a son play quarterback:
“It would be like having one as offensive coordinator. I’ve coached all of my boys, but I never gave them a break. That is the thing that I regret because I go back through and I never gave any of them a break because I didn’t them to think I was playing favorites with them.”
On Mickey Andrews:
“The report I get is that he’s getting better and we still don’t know when he’ll be able to get back out here, if he’ll be able to get back out here. But he is doing better thank goodness.”
WR Richard Goodman
On where the offense is after two games:
“Right now the first game coming in was a roller coaster, up down start, and then we go down. Then we go out against UAB kind of down in the first half and then we finish going into this weekend with high hopes. We just hope going to Colorado the roller coaster keeps going forward making progress.”
“Coach Fisher has been preaching to us this is not an easy task going into their house. They play hard nosed football; we just have to go out there, know our assignments and be consistent in everything we do.”
NG Kendrick Stewart:
On Colorado‘s quarterback
“He’s real shifty, he’ll try to run off you, he’s real fast so you have to line up, get the calls in and line up real quickly and do a lot of shifts, but as long as we are ready we can attack him.”
On not having Mickey Andrews
“We miss him, but if we just keep pushing forward so we’re just gonna keep in him our thoughts like he is out here. We have Chuck (Amato) pushing us, Odell (Haggins), Jody (Allen), all the other coaches so it’s just like he is out there, but he’s not out here.”