Oct. 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There was no let-up by the Florida State football coaching staff Thursday as the Seminoles endured a rigorous, 22-period workout in full pads as a precursor to Friday’s mandated off-day.
Much of the practice session was spent working against scout teams on both sides of the ball in preparation for the Thursday, Oct. 22 date with North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The offense and defense did get together for the final two periods – a 10-minute session – working from the 10-yard line.
Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews’ unit got the better of the deal, allowing only a pair of scores – a touchdown pass to Rod Owens and a scoring run by tailback Ty Jones. The defense got significant pressure from Jacobbi McDaniel and Brandon Jenkins and was solid against the interior run work.
Senior defensive tackle Vincent Williams also continued his comeback from a back ailment that has sidelined him this season. Cornerback Patrick Robinson, who sat out the Georgia Tech game with an ankle sprain, saw limited action in a blue, non-contact jersey. Freshmen cornerback Xavier Rhodes, whose play has been limited to special teams, also received a significant amount of work in the base defense.
With the bulk of the coaching staff headed out of town recruiting on the day off, media access was limited.
The Seminoles will return to the practice field Saturday at 11 a.m. to begin game week preparation for the Tar Heels, and are scheduled to work again Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Harris Out For The Season
Florida State sophomore linebacker Maurice Harris will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a neck injury.
FSU Director of Sports Medicine Randy Oravetz confirmed the results of an MRI examination from earlier this week and said Harris’ cervical neck injury will be closely monitored through the rehab process over the coming months. The injury was diagnosed by Tallahassee Orthopedic Center specialist Dr. Charles Wingo after Harris suffered a cervical burner in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
Through six games, including his first career start at No. 7 BYU, Harris registered 15 tackles (10 solo), forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, primarily from the weakside linebacker position. The Homestead, Fla. native was also a key contributor on special teams units.