December 29, 2005 - by
Seminoles Complete Second Day of Practice for Orange Bowl

Dec. 29, 2005

The Florida State football team conducted its second practice of bowl week with an 18-period session Thursday morning at Nova Southeastern University. The Seminoles worked out in full pads and wrapped up the day with 11-on-11 scrimmaging and goalline. In 11-on-11, Brodrick Bunkley and Anthony Houllis recorded tackles for loss to lead the defense. For the offense, Lamar Lewis had a 12-yard run and Antone Smith caught a 15-yard pass from Drew Weatherford. In goalline, the offense scored on two of eight attempts. B.J. Dean scored on a run up the middle and Weatherford hit Matt Henshaw for the other touchdown. Lawrence Timmons had two tackles for loss during goalline. Head Coach Bobby Bowden announced that senior linebacker A.J. Nicholson has been suspended for the Orange Bowl and will be sent home for violating team policy. Buster Davis will likely move from middle linebacker to Nicholson’s spot at weakside linebacker with Sam McGrew stepping in for Davis in the middle.

Quotes From Head Coach Bobby Bowden

(opening statement)

A.J. Nicholson will be sent home and suspended from this ball game for violating a team rule. That’s about all I will say about it.”

(on impact on the team of not having one of its senior leaders present)

“Well you learn lessons from other people’s mistakes. That’s the biggest thing. You learn from other people’s mistakes. Somebody’s got to step up.”

Executive Head Coach Kevin Steele

(on adjustments to the defense without A.J. Nicholson)

“We move guys around and interchange, kind of cross-train guys. Of course, Geno Hayes, the freshman, can play there very easily and Buster Davis has played there and Ernie’s (Sims) played there. In fact, they played a whole year there when they were younger so they’ve rep’d them there all the time. Buster had reps this week so we are going to be okay there.”

(on what this does to morale of the team)

“Just keep playing. We’ve got a big game and we’ve got to stay focused.”

Wide Receiver Willie Reid

(on Penn State’s defense)

“They’re ranked so high in every category defensively. Miami’s defense is great and Virginia Tech’s defense is really good so we’ve played against some great defensive teams and they’ll be one of them coming up on Tuesday.”

(on confidence Virginia Tech win gave team)

“It placed a lot of confidence back in. We’d lost a couple of games and I think our confidence level dropped a little bit but we came back onto the field in Jacksonville and played a good game and I think our confidence level is sky-high right now.”

(on whether the players have thought about playing a game involving the two greatest coaches in the game)

“Yes, most definitely. We want to get Coach Bowden this win because it’s probably the only time they’ll be playing against each other so he wants to go out with a win and we want to give it to him.”

Rover Kyler Hall

(on being down in south Florida)

“It’s much better than it would have felt being in Boise, Idaho. I’m not too much of fan of the cold weather, so it’s definitely good to be down here in Miami.”

(on what team is trying to accomplish this week of practice)

“We’re trying to win. That’s the whole reason we’re down here. When it’s time to practice, we’ve got to focus in. We can have fun but when we’re out here, we’ve got to get down to business and get ready to play.”

(on Penn State’s offense)

“Penn State probably has one of the best overall offenses. They’re well-rounded with passing and running and their quarterback can do all three. He can run, he can throw it and try to run over you or run past you so we’ll have to stop him. They’ve got good receivers. They’re young, but they’re talented and they’ve got some playmakers. They’ve also got a strong running back so it will be a good test.”

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