October 21, 2008 - by
No. 23 FSU Football Turns Its Attention To Tyrod Taylor And The Hokies

Oct. 21, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Last season the Virginia Tech Hokies broke two big streaks. They ended Bobby Bowden’s 15-0 run versus the school and they also ended a 12-game losing streak versus the Seminoles. There is one streak the Seminoles will try to extend though and that is five straight versus Virginia Tech in Doak Campbell Stadium. The preparations for Saturday’s game got underway Tuesday with a 22 period practice.



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

·          During inside drills the offensive line did a good job as they broke Antone Smith on three nice runs, Marcus Sims on two and Carlton Jones on one. Defensively Budd Thacker had a sack and Nigel Bradham had a tackle for loss.

·          In 1-on-1 E.J. Manuel went deep to Greg Carr and Cameron Wade. He also connected with Rod Owens but the play of the drill was a Corey Surrency leaping catch on the sideline.

·          During pass rush Paul Griffin, Budd Thacker and Moses McCray all had two sacks. Justin Mincey, Jamar Jackson, Everett Dawkins and Everette Brown all got to the QB as well. Rodney Hudson was the only multiple winner for the offense and he got three wins. Ryan McMahon, AJ Ganguzza, Brandon Davis and David Spurlock also got victories.

·          In skeleton the two biggest plays were deep balls. Drew Weatherford went deep to Taiwan Easterling and D’Vontrey Richardson connected with Rod Owens.

·          In 11-on-11 the defense had a nice drill. Carter had another break-up as did Jamie Robinson. Brown had a pressure and Thacker had a sack. Antone Smith turned in a nice run.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden

Opening statement:

“The task we have Saturday is trying to contain that darn quarterback (Tyrod Taylor). Last week against Boston College he runs up and down the field, amazingly hard to trap. You remember he killed us last year. He’s more dangerous this year.”


On today’s practice:

“We had a pretty good practice today. I though Rod Owens had some good catches.  Marcus Sims continues to catch the ball, too.


On practicing in shorts rather than full pads:

“We’ve got everything on except britches. When you put shoulder pads, hip pads, helmets on, you’ve got everything on except knee pads just about. We felt like we needed to go in shells today.”


On some of the defense not getting a lot of contact in practice:

“Well that is true, we have too many of them that are not practicing, that are watching because of slight injuries. We’re trying to get them more work this week.  You don’t get better not practicing, if you did we’d just call off practice.”


OL Coach Rick Trickett:

On what the offensive line needs to work on:

“They’ve all got things to work on. They’ve got two years of things to work on. We’re not even close to where we’re going to be obviously. He’s (David Spurlock) got a lot to work on but I’m trying to keep it as simple as I can and perfect the basics, the reach block, cut off block, pass set and things like that. We’ll just grow with the rest of it. You can give them everything out there coaching but experience, you can’t give them that. They’ve got to earn that.”


On Virginia Tech’s defense:
”They’re gonna do some twists and stunts like everybody but they’re really well coached, Coach Foster. They’re very well coached. They know their defense, they know it inside out, they know the strengths of it, they know the weaknesses of it. They know where they’re supposed to be, where to get to, where to play it. I think if we really knew the facts of it, it’s kind of simple so I think it allows them to really play wide open and free of making mistakes. They’re a really good football team.”


DT Kendrick Stewart:

On Virginia Tech’s offense:

“They’ve got some big guys, big strong guys so they’re gonna try to push around but we’ve got to stay low, play our techniques and use our hands. We’ve definitely got to contain him (Tyrod Taylor) and up front, tackles have to push and get pressure and push him out to the ends so we can contain him.”


On the importance of the Virginia Tech game:

“I feel like this is a very important game for us. It’s another ACC game. We’ve got to come out strong. Play very hard. Practice has been very hard, the coaches have been on us real hard because this is a must win game here. We’ve got to come out on top.”


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