August 19, 2003 - by
No. 12 FSU Football Goes For 22 Periods As Temperature Rises
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Aug. 19, 2003

Tallahassee, FL – The 12th-ranked Florida State football team returned to the practice field Tuesday as they continued to prepare for their season opener, which is now just over 11 days away. The Tribe went 22 periods in full pads and the session included board drills, 11-on-11 and goal line work.

“We had to take a lot of breaks today due to the heat. It has been pretty cool for two weeks but today we got some heat,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “The kids needed to go through a practice like this and it was a good practice. Next up will be a scrimmage where we will just keep trying to improve and most of all stay healthy.”

Lorne Sam and Chris Rix connected a couple of times down the sideline in skeleton drills. P.K. Sam and Fabian Walker hooked up on a touchdown versus the first team defense. But the star of the second half of practice was Tallahassee Lincoln alum Antonio Cromartie. The 6’3″, 205-pound freshman had a pass break up in the end zone during skeleton drills, a diving interception during 11-on-11 and then hauled in another interception on the next play when the team moved over to goal line drills.

“I am working hard but I am still in the learning process,” said Cromartie. “If I can’t get a lot of repetitions, I can still help us on special teams. When my time comes I will be ready.

“I believe I am starting to show people that someone of my size can play cornerback. I am starting to hush those people up and you don’t hear the doubters as much anymore.”

The biggest hit of the day was delivered by senior linebacker Kendyll Pope and delivered during skeleton drills. The 6’2″ weakside linebacker leveled walk-on tight end Matt Root after and initial hit. Root, wearing number 87, held on to the ball despite Pope’s hard tackle.

Complete updates on the Seminole football team are available seven days a week and 24-hours a day at the official athletic website for Florida State University.

NOTE: Times for tomorrow’s scrimmages have not been set yet. As soon as we have that information, it will be emailed and faxed out.

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