Aug. 11, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – The full Florida State football squad started two-a-days on Saturday as the varsity joined the freshman for a morning and afternoon workout. The team worked on the practice fields in the morning, but afternoon rain forced the team inside for the second session of the day.
“I thought it was a very good first practice – as good as I can remember,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “Things went right and the kids worked hard with a couple of breaks. In the past, we might have given them one break. Today we gave them two. They looked like they handled it good.”
In the morning practice, the team went 24 periods after starting with punt drills.
“They punted this morning and (Chance) Gwaltney kicked well,” said Bowden. “That’s the best I’ve seen him punt. There’s nothing like competition.”
The first team offense also worked against the first team defense with quarterbacks Chris Rix and Anquan Boldin splitting time with the first offense.
“We have a rotation plan with the quarterbacks,” said Bowden. “I thought all of our quarterbacks threw well. The big key is if they can stay healthy and get better every week. If you get a rash of injuries, it can go the other way.”
The offense and defense split for meetings and work in the gym during the afternoon practice. The team finished the day with conditioning at Doak Campbell Stadium.
In other news, the Seminoles were picked sixth in the Associated Press poll. Florida and Miami checked in first and second, respectively.
“The center of gravity is in the state of Florida,” said Bowden. “It used to be Pennsylvania, California or Texas. I’d say in the last decade it’s been in the state of Florida. It’s great for our state.”
The last time Florida State opened the season outside the AP top five was in 1989, when the Seminoles were voted No. 6 in the preseason. FSU owns the longest streak in college football history with 14 consecutive seasons in the top five of the final AP poll.
“I think anybody in the top 10 is in good shape,” said Bowden. “Oklahoma won coming from 20 to one. You don’t want to start too far down that ladder. You want to be visible so that if you win and a team above you loses, you will more than likely move up. We are in a good location.”
No new injuries were reported following today’s practices. The team will participate in media day and fan day on Sunday.