August 11, 2003 - by
Seminoles Complete First Of Two-A-Day Practice Sessions

Aug. 11, 2003

The No. 12 ranked Florida State football team completed its first of five scheduled two-a-day practice sessions on the FSU practice fields Monday. The Seminoles practiced for 24 periods in the morning and 18 practices in the evening. Because of new NCAA rules, college football teams are not allowed to hold two-a-day practice session on consecutive days meaning there are three scheduled for this week and two for next week before the Seminoles enter into game week for North Carolina beginning Aug. 25.

The morning practice session was dominated early on by work on fundamentals in all areas and later on by hard-hitting defense as the team scrimmaged during the final portion of the session. The hitting portion of the session consisted of pass skeleton with the first and second team offenses and defenses and full contact work. The morning session ended with both sides of the ball working on their goal line game plans.

During the session junior kicker Xavier Beitia was five-for-six on field goals with a long of 39 yards while Charles Howard, Ray Willis and Clifton Dickson were standouts during board drills.

“Today is the first day of two-a-days so we practiced this morning in full pads and will go this afternoon in shells,” said head coach Bobby Bowden after the morning session. “We had some scrimmaging today for the first time and I thought the defense got the best of it. We got on the goal line and it was kind of even- up. The offense won about as many battles as the defense. Naturally you look ragged at first but maybe you can learn something from the film. We definitely know we have got a long way to go,” he said.

The team returned to the practice fields for a comfortable evening session wearing shells only (shoulder pads and shorts) for an 18 period practice session. The majority of the session was spent on fundamentals with the last three periods as a full 11 vs. 11 scrimmage.

When Bowden was asked how the players responded to the first two-a-day session, he was very positive and upbeat.

“The weather was so good. It wasn’t a hot day like we have been getting,” said Bowden. “It was a cool afternoon and naturally they handled that pretty good.”

The second session of the day began with punt and punt returns as well as kickoff and kickoff return drills. The team then moved into passing and defensive instruction, pass skeleton drills and 11 vs. 11 scrimmaging.

Redshirt freshman Lorne Sam caught two long passes in the offensive drills – one each from junior quarterbacks Chris Rix and Fabian Walker. Junior Marcello Church and senior Stanford Samuels both recorded interceptions during pass skeleton drills and while senior Claudius Osei and an interception during the scrimmaging periods. Also defensively during the scrimmaging periods, senior Charles Howard recorded a quarterback sack.

T.K. Wetherell, Florida State’s first-year president and former Seminole letter winner, paid a surprise visit to Monday’s evening practice session. He watched practice from the field as well as with Bowden from the coaching tower overlooking the practice fields.

Florida State continues preparation for its Aug. 30 season opener against North Carolina with one practice Tuesday beginning at 8:30.

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