October 13, 2008 - by
Most Of Monday’s Practice Was Spent With FSU Focusing On NC State

Oct. 13, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Even though it is just Monday, the Seminole football team just completed its second-to-last practice of the week. Florida State (4-1, 1-1) will take the practice fields just one more time on Tuesday before departing for Raleigh, NC Wednesday afternoon. The Seminoles are 5-4 overall on Thursday night and three of those nine games have come versus NC State (2-4, 0-2). The Wolfpack won the last Thursday night meeting between the teams in Carter-Finley Stadium in 2006.



·          The team spent 20 periods in uppers.

·          During pass rush Rodney Hudson was the star again with three wins. Brandon Davis also had multiple wins. Ryan McMahon, Will Furlong, Zebrie Sanders, David Spurlock and Andrew Datko also recorded a win. For the defense, Neefy Moffett led the way with three sacks. Everette Brown and Budd Thacker each had two. Paul Griffin, Everett Dawkins, Jamar Jackson, Jeremy Johnson and Justin Mincey also got to the QB.

·          In 7-on-7 Christian Ponder connected with Preston Parker. Drew Weatherford hit Jarmon Fortson twice and Rod Owens twice. One of which was a deep ball. Darius McClure had a pass break-up.

·          When the drill moved into the red zone Weatherford and Fortson continued to click. The senior hit the true freshman for two TDs. Weatherford also connected with Parker on two TDs. The final one was a one-handed gem in the back of the endzone followed by a world class celebration. Ponder hooked up with Parker twice and Caz Piurowski once.

·          In 11-on-11 the defense had a big drill. Moffett had a sack while Derek Nicholson, Kevin McNeil and Markus White had QB pressures. White’s pressure forced an errant throw that was picked off by Recardo Wright, who also had a sack.

·          In 1:00 Korey Mangum broke up a pass. Ponder hit Taiwan Easterling and then ended the drill with a Hail Mary completion to Corey Surrency in the endzone.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden

On preparation for the NC State game:

“It’s been good. Our kids, our coaches have worked them pretty doggone hard and they’ve responded pretty good so I’ve been pleased with that. Today’s like a Wednesday and tomorrow will be like a Thursday. They’ve responded pretty good.”


On what Christian Ponder needs to do to go up to the next step:

“Have an excellent passing day. That’ll probably be the next step, having an excellent passing day. I see it out here at practice but we’re running the ball so good we don’t throw as much so you don’t get whipped in those statistics that much.”


On his son Tommy Bowden no longer at Clemson:

“Tommy (Bowden) called me this morning, early, said he thought he was going to get the axe around 10 or something like that. Anyway that did happen. I think he was gonna meet with his ball team this afternoon, meet with his staff and then meet with his football team and tell them and then take off. He’ll handle it good. Tommy wasn’t going to coach forever. Tommy’s not like me; he was one of those guys thinking a couple of years down the road anyways.”


On the nature of the profession of football:

“That’s just the nature of our job. I’ve talked to our kids about that. That’s the way this profession works. There ain’t but one answer and that’s winning, that’s one answer. Tommy’s got his priorities in the right place, that’s one thing about him; he didn’t let football be his guide like some guys do.”


WR Bert Reed

On having a game on Thursday night:

“It feels differently just because it’s Monday but when you’re out here, we’ve been practicing since Sunday, the intensity was there and we’ve had a good week.”


On what he has been working on this week:

“I’m just preparing to run the right routes and when I get the ball, try to make something happen because you need to try to make something happen every chance you get. I’m looking forward to make some plays back there at punt returner and just take what they give me and get my team good field position and do what I can to help us win the ball game.”


DT Budd Thacker:

On NC State’s offense:

“I think they are good. They have that one quarterback (Russell Wilson) who is real mobile. We have to make sure we shut him down and keep him contained. They have a good O-line, good feet work, good hands. We’ve just got to go out there and play disciplined football and play Florida State football.”


On how different it is to play on Thursday night:

“It’s definitely different, it’s not very often you’re out here Sunday practicing. You just got to adjust, you’ve got to look at today as Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday and just play it by ear. Regardless it’s just a day and we have to go out there Thursday night and play football.”


RB Antone Smith

On playing NC State on a Thursday night on ESPN:

“This is a lot of great exposure for the program. I am actually really looking forward to this game. When we head up to Raleigh, we know that this going to be a really big game for us.  We just have to go out there and play our game and nail down the plays well that the coaches call and give it our all on the field.”


On being ready to play in a hostile environment at NC State:

“We know that anybody can beat anyone at any given time in college football these days. If you let your guard down, anything can happen. You look at Oregon State, they beat USC on a Thursday night a couple of weeks ago, and nobody was expecting them to be able to do that. You just have go out and put on your ‘A’ game every week.”


On the main key to beating the Wolfpack:

“This is going to take a team effort, that’s the biggest thing. I can’t say it any better than that. It is going to take a total team effort to win on Thursday night.”


DE Everette Brown

On returning to his home state of North Carolina on Thursday night:

“I’m excited about it. When we run out of the tunnel I am going to be in my Florida State gear. I am going to have a lot of family and friends at the game from the state of North Carolina, but I know that they are going to give me their full support, just like they always have done. This is a little different than high school, where I had family watching me play in front of a couple thousand fans. This is going to be in front of a hostile environment on a national stage, so it is exciting to get the chance to play in my home state in a big college football game.”


On the chance to play in a Thursday night ESPN game:

“Primetime you can’t ask for anything better. This is going to be exciting to have the chance to play a big game on a national stage in a hostile atmosphere.”


On the work put in by the team during the open week:

“This really hasn’t been much of an off week for us. We have been out here since the Miami game grinding away at practice. The team has concentrated on getting better and getting back to the fundamentals. We have been trying to keep everyone focused on what lies ahead for the rest of the season. The meat of the schedule is just now beginning and we have to take things one week at a time.”


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