December 28, 2005 - by
ORANGE BOWL PRACTICE REPORT: Seminoles Open Preparations for Big Ten Champ Penn State

Dec. 28, 2005


The No. 22 Florida State Seminoles reported to Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday at noon before taking part in a 12-period practice at Nova Southeastern University. The players had a team meeting upon arrival and then loaded the buses for practice. The Seminoles flexed and worked on special teams and then took part in individual drills and conditioning to start off preparations for their Orange Bowl match-up with No. 3 Penn State. All team members made the trip to Ft. Lauderdale in time for the team meeting and practice. FSU will work out again Thursday morning at Nova.  





(on practice)


“We had a good week of preparation last week. We worked around finals. We just want to try and get back to that. We are going to start off just like a Monday night practice and we are going to treat it just like a regular week like we would have during the season.”


(on coming down when they did)


“This is the way that we have prepared for years and years. It is just a matter of this week getting back and working hard and trying to get worked up to game day.”





Running Back Leon Washington


(on the game)


“We need to take care of business. We did a great job going into the Virginia Tech game and getting things established and getting some tempo. We are definitely down here on a business trip. Guys can enjoy themselves for the time being but when we have to get down to business we need to get focused because this is a business trip.”


(on the lay off)


“We are used to it. We are used to playing in the BCS games. We have played in three the last four years. We are used to this type of environment so we are used to this type of layoff.”


(on having fun)


“I am sure we are going to have some fun. We have a lot of guys on our team from Miami and from this area so I am sure they will take us out and show us around here. When it is time to have fun we are going to have fun but when it is time to take care of business we are going to take care of business.


(on being the underdog)


“I like the underdog role. I wish that teams would keep us as underdogs. It keeps the older guys motivated. When you get the older guys motivated the younger guys follow right behind them. I like the situation because it gets our guys to ready to play.”



Corner Tony Carter


(on what they want to accomplish this week)


“We still have a lot of hard work to do with Penn State and their talented receivers, offense and quarterback. We are just going to work hard this week to try and get the job done.”


(on the defense making big plays)


“We stopped (Virginia Tech) but the defense didn’t make any big plays. We are going to come into this game and try and turn it around with big plays on the defense. We still have something to prove. If we can make big plays it will give us a better chance of winning.”

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