March 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State football team returned to the practice field Friday afternoon after taking a day off. The team practiced in the chilly weather for 21 periods, which consisted of position drills, goal line offensive drill, board drills and offense vs. defense drills.
“We had a good practice,” stated head coach Bobby Bowden at the end of the day. “We tried to correct some mistakes we made in the scrimmage the other day. I thought we had a very good practice, and I guess it had a lot to do with the weather. When it’s cool like this, it puts a lot of energy in (the players).”
The defensive backs were impressive throughout the practice. Rufus Brown and Jerome Carter each picked off passes and returned them the distance during drills in which the starting receivers went up against the starting secondary.
Safety Kyler Hall placed the biggest hits of the day on wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe and tight end Patrick Hughes. Both receivers cut across midfield to catch a pass to only find Hall’s shoulder pads in their helmets.
“Kyler Hall had about three big hits out there today,” said Bowden on the hard-hitting safety. “That’s good, I haven’t seen that in awhile. And several others did too [make big hits]. It’s good as long as they hit clean. Receivers need that. They don’t like it, but they need it.”
There were no injuries to report.
The Seminoles will return to the practice field tomorrow, Saturday March 23, for their first full scrimmage of the spring season. Players will report to the field for stretching at 10 a.m., and the scrimmage will start approximately at 10:15 a.m.