Aug. 15, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State completed two-a-days for the 2002 season Thursday with a 15-period morning practice in shorts and an 18-period practice in shells in the evening. For the first time this year, the Tribe began to prepare for Iowa State and Heisman Trophy contender Seneca Wallace.
“We are beginning to gel a little bit and we have another week to polish,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We are concerned with their quarterback and today Loren Sam ran the scout team. He wore number 15 to represent their quarterback. We went into scout teams today and that was the first time we’ve done that.”
The last session of two-a-days began with a 15-period practice beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning. The squad began the practice with special teams work and later moved into passing skeleton drills. Freshman Wyatt Sexton looked impressive but the biggest play of the drills came when Chris Rix connected with sophomore P.K. Sam on a deep route.
The evening session was a more physical practice with the team working on punt protection, pass blocking and inside running drills. In one-on-one drills, Stanford Samuels recorded an interception and a pass break-up while Fabian Walker and Joey Kaleikini hooked up in the end zone. Freshman running back Thomas Clayton had one of the most impressive runs in inside drills as he seemed to be caught in the backfield by a swarm of defenders yet was able to get out of the jam and break free as he sprinted for the goal line.
The Seminoles will take part in the annual Kickoff Luncheon tomorrow at the Tallahassee Leon Civic Center before returning to the field Friday night for the final scrimmage. This will be the Garnet and Gold’s second scrimmage in the last three days.
“I thought we improved in yesterday’s scrimmage over the previous one and a couple of times I even felt we looked like a ball club,” said Bowden. “What we need to do now is improve that much more in the scrimmage tomorrow night.”
INJURIES: There were no new injuries reported after Thursday’s two-a-day session.