September 16, 2008 - by
Seminole Football Opens Wake Forest Preparations With 22 Period Practice

Sept. 16, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Tuesday the Seminole football team practiced in full pads for 22 periods as they squarely set their sights on preparing for the Demon Deacons. The ACC opener for both teams is the first meeting of two ranked ACC teams this season and with Wake Forest on a two-game winning streak in the series, it is one of the biggest games on the docket this week.



·          In 1-on-1 Terrance Parks, E.J. Manuel had most of the reps in 1-on-1. Weatherford hit Fortson twice, Louis Givens and Easterling once and Bert Reed twice. One of the connections with Reed was on a deep ball. Manuel hit Avis Commack, Wade and Greg Carr twice.

·          During inside drills Antone Smith had two nice runs and Everett Dawkins had the biggest hit for the defense.

·          In skeleton Richardson and Preston Parker connected twice and Richardson also hit Fortson. Ponder found Rod Owens and Taiwan Easterling twice and also hooked up with Fortson. Mangum and Roosevelt Lawson had a PBU while Ochuko Jenije had two.

·          Kendrick Stewart was the star of pass rush with three wins. Moses McCray and Benjamin Lampkin won a couple battles each. Other defensive linemen to get to the QB were Everette Brown, Paul Griffin, Justin Mincey, Markus White, Kevin McNeil and Neefy Moffett. For the offense Andrew Datko and David Spurlock had two wins a piece. Rhonne Sanderson, Ryan McMahon, Joe Tonga and Rodney Hudson also held off their men.

·          In 11-on-11 Darius McClure, Jamie Robinson and Moffett all had a tackle for loss. Ponder had a connection to Owens and Weatherford found Reed and Givens. Seddrick Holloway had two big runs and Jermaine Thomas and Ponder had nice runs as well.

·          The defense dominated goal line holding the offense without a score. Holloway gained two yards from the three on the first try. On the next play from the one the offense jumped offsides. On the third play from the three there was an incomplete pass and the final play from the one was a stuff by the defense on a Joe Surratt plunge.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden

Opening Statement:

“Pretty good, pretty spirited practice today.  Of course we had No. 5 (Preston Parker) and Budd [Thacker] back out there. I think they both add a little something to us.  We had a couple of nice catches; No. 80 (Jarmon Fortson) had a couple of nice catches out there. I thought he kind of stood out as a receiver.”


On what the team is thinking preparing for a game of such importance as the game this weekend:

“You never know what they’re thinking. The guys that have been there before they know what’s coming up and I feel sure that it will carry over. Again, you just don’t know what those kids are thinking. I think they’ll be thinking positively though.”


On playing with a young team against Wake Forest:

“I noticed a write-up out of Wake Forest where they had three freshmen play last year, didn’t start, but played last year. And here we are playing 27; we’re mighty young. Looking forward to it though, ought to be a good ballgame.”


On who will be in at placekicker:

“Well we worked with Zach Hobby and James Esco today, let them both go every other time together. Just having to keep our eye on that real good.  It scares you more than anything else when you miss extra points, filed goal I can understand but the extra points have got to be automatic and we’ve missed two this year, one in each game.”


On the starting placekicker Graham Gano’s status:

“I’m sure we’ll watch it real close and then about Thursday decide should we make a change or not. Graham did kick some last night and he kicked some today. The times I watched him he got it through there.  I sure wish he could get back. Where it shows most is at kickoff, we’re not getting it deep enough to hold them back.  They’re getting too good of returns on us.”


PK/P Graham Gano

On his progress in practice:

“I’ve been kicking a volleyball a lot in the last few practices. Today I hit about 15 kicks, 10 or 15 kicks, not a whole lot. Just trying to get back in the feel of it.  I could see [playing] in the next few weeks. Just have to stay on track with the rehab.  I’m still getting a lot of pain. I don’t have full movement in my leg yet.”


LB Toddrick Verdell:

On how the team is working on producing turnovers:

“Our goal every game is to get three turnovers. I think we got one the first game and one the second so we’ve got to make quite a few to met our goals for this next game.”


On why he moved to linebacker

“They need more at linebacker so I figured there would be more of a chance to get on the field at linebacker so I’m gonna move over there and do that.”


On what helped him move from free safety to linebacker:

“In free safety you’re basically just roaming and the Will position (weakside linebacker) you kind of doing that to a certain extent but you’ve got to play your gap. I’m basically just trying to run to the ball every time I get in. If someone misses a tackle, I’m all over it.”


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