November 12, 2008 - by
FSU Practices For 21 Periods In Shoulder Pads As BC Prep Continues

Nov. 12, 2008




TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Head coach Bobby Bowden knows how the grind of a season can take a toll on any team’s health but heading into the final three regular season games of 2008 his squad is as healthy as it has been all year. That is good news for an FSU team that still has a shot at playing for the league championship for the first time since 2005 and still has games remaining versus Boston College and Maryland.

 

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

·          FSU spent 21 periods practicing in shorts and shoulder pads. It is the second straight day the team has been in shorts.

·          Most of practice was spent with both the offense and defense working versus scout teams.

·          In skeleton, Christian Ponder spread the ball around finding Jermaine Thomas, Greg Carr and Taiwan Easterling. Drew Weatherford connected on passes to Jarmon Fortson and Thomas.

·          Inside the 20 during skeleton Weatherford found Reed twice and Ponder hooked-up with Marcus Sims and Carr.

·          The defense had another nice drill in 11-on-11. Kendall Smith had a QB pressure as did Kevin McNeil. Michael Ray Garvin stripped the ball away from a receiver causing a fumble.

·          In the 1:00 drill the offense was unable to score despite a deep pass to Carr and Ponder connecting with Thomas, Corey Surrency and Preston Parker. Tony Carter broke up a pass, Kendrick Stewart got a sack and Patrick Robinson got a pass break-up as well.

 

PRACTICE QUOTES

Head Coach Bobby Bowden

On the battle on the line:

“That will be a big test this week because we are playing against one of the strongest fronts probably in the country. Really, they manhandled Notre Dame last week. I was amazed. Notre Dame is usually a pretty physical football team up front. This will be a tough, tough battle up front.”

 

On Jermaine Thomas’ turf toe:

“I see no effects of it thank goodness. That can be bad but thank goodness it is not.”

 

On the challenge for the young offensive line:

“It will be as good a challenge as they will probably see all year as far as the physical is concerned. You know, these are big tackles. One is 323 and the other about 320 or something like that and they know how to play football. I tell you what their defensive ends are big. You know, strong and they move pretty good.”

 

On BC being motivated by FSU’s upset in Chestnut Hill last year:

“That should motivate them. That will motivate them. They beat us the last time they came down here. They know what its about.”

 

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