March 2, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football practiced for the first time this spring with a 26-period session in shorts Tuesday afternoon. The Seminoles will practice again Wednesday and Thursday before taking a week off for spring break. FSU returns 10 starters on offense and four starters on defense from a 2003 team that finished 10-3 and won the ACC Championship.
“For the first day I was rather pleased,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We’ve got some real good potential. The key is getting 15 days in with no injuries and improving a little bit everyday. We could have a real solid football team if we can do that.”
Practicing for the first time were wide receiver DeCody Fagg and linebacker Barry Wright, who both enrolled early in January. Fagg will have a chance to get plenty of reps at receiver with Craphonso Thorpe, Chris Davis and Willie Reid being held out of spring drills with injuries.
“It didn’t take me long to figure out which one he was,” said Bowden when asked about Fagg. “The receivers are all getting better. The quarterbacks looked like they knew what they were doing a lot better and we threw and caught the ball pretty well.”
Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Pittsburgh Steeler safety Chris Hope were on hand for Tuesday’s practice. Boldin was named the NFL Rookie of the Year and started in the Pro Bowl after setting a rookie receiving record this season.
“It was good to have Anquan back,” said Bowden. “The year he had was really something.”
Wednesday’s practice will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the team will work in shorts. The Seminoles will move into shells (shoulder pads and shorts) for Thursday’s session. Practices are closed to the public.