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FSU Football Puts On Full Pads And Practices For 21 Periods

Oct. 23, 2007

Coach Bowden Football Practice Report Podcast Powered By Schick® Xtreme3®

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida State football team hit the practice fields in full pads on Tuesday. The squad spent 21 periods preparing for the Duke Blue Devils. The Homecoming game will be broadcast live by ESPNU with kick-off set for 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles will wear their “Unconquered” uniforms for just the second time in school history.




Head Coach Bobby Bowden

How much has Duke changed on defense this year?

“They still do a lot of it.  I don’t think quite as much as they did at one time.  They still do a lot of blitzing.  They are unorthodox.  You don’t know what they are doing.  They will bring up linebackers, they have five linebackers up; they have five corners; five safeties.  You have got to know what you are doing or they will have somebody free on you.  They give people fits that way.”


How do you keep the team focused on Duke?

“Lose to Miami in the last two minutes will help you not look ahead.  Duke is our only focus.”


What have you seen of the Duke offense?

“I think the quarterback has thrown 16 touchdowns passes and they have got some excellent receivers.  A lot of our success will have to be getting some pressure on that quarterback because he is very accurate and very athletic.  He’s a kid from Miami, Florida and he played against us last year.  He’s playing real well for them this year.


Are you concerned about your defensive line?

“It is kind of shaky right now with (Andre) Fluellen like his is and Thacker is uncertain.”


How’s is Greg Carr’s wrist?

“We’ve got it in a cast.  He sprained it last week and we’ve got it in a cast.  We’ll leave it in there to probably on Thursday and then take it off.  The other one was hurt when he went into this game and he hurt the other one.


Is Drew Weatherford starting to relax?

“No, but he’s pretty good and that and I think that’s a way to do it.  I watched him practice today and I thought he had a good practice.


Junior Wide Receiver Greg Carr

ON his injured wrist:

“I’m alright.  It happened towards the middle of the first quarter.  But I am alright, though.  I’m not sure (when they are going to take the cast off) but I’m going to be alright.  Any time you can get our there and play you want to take advantage of it.  Regardless of who it is you just want to get out there and play and be out there with your teammates playing football like you love to do.  I just really want to be out there regardless of who we play just the fact that we get another opportunity to play in that stadium in front of our fans to do what we are capable of doing.  It’s alright.  I finished the game with it – it should be alright.  I really wasn’t thinking about it at the time so it will be alright.  It’s very frustrating (not being able to practice).  Like you said – you want to be out there with your teammates, working hard and having fun at the same time.  So, it’s frustrating at times but at the same time you know what has to be done just like they understand that I am trying to get back there as soon as possible.”


DT Andre Fluellen

On his hyper-extended elbow getting better:

“The more extension I have, the better it is. I can pretty much extend it all of the way.  I still can’t do it forcefully but it’s way better than it was.  I couldn’t even extend at all before.  I was trying to tell myself I wasn’t (going backwards with the injury while still playing) but my body was telling me I was. It was killing me inside just knowing that I could contribute out there and we still lost.  It hurt to see it happen but I know I have to take care of myself and the coaches take care of me too.”


On the importance of this weekend’s game:

“I don’t think anybody comes to Florida State expecting to be 4-3 at the midway point of the season. I don’t think anybody comes to Florida State fighting to just to get into a bowl game like we were last year.  We know this Duke game is important because it’s an ACC game and we have to win at least six to get into a bowl game.”


On staying focused on Duke:

“The coaches are making sure that we’re focusing on Duke.  We’re doing a lot of extra drills and stuff this week and making sure we know we have a hand this weekend and it’s a team that we should go out and we should win. Duke almost beat Wake Forest and almost beat Miami and those are teams that beat us so they can still come up and beat us.  Any team can win any day.”


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