March 19, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State football team continued spring practice Monday afternoon. The team went 28 periods in shorts as they continue the process of integrating a new system on offense with four new coaches on that side of the ball. After Monday’s practice, there will be only one more practice in shorts. The team will be back on the field Wednesday afternoon in shells for the first time.
HIGHLIGHTS & NOTES:
Freshman quarterback D’Vontrey Richardson practiced for the first time this spring.
The start of practice was spent in position groups.
The quarterbacks worked with the receivers and backs and then the offense worked together as a whole.
In 11-v-11 Smith had big runs on the inside and outside. Budd Thacker registered a tackle for loss and Pat Davis turned in a nice run as well. Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee each connected on passes to Preston Parker who had an impressive practice. Edwards had a strong inside run and Smith broke another big gainer. Lee recorded a big run on a scramble while Eli Charles registered a sack.
In pass skeleton Jamie Robinson recorded three pass break ups and Patrick Robinson broke up a pass as well. Weatherford connected with Richard Goodman on a deep ball and Parker caught balls from Weatherford, Lee and Christian Ponder.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
“We made some progress today. The biggest thing we did is missed assignments, busting plays. We have thrown a whole lot at them, a lot of new stuff at them. New names at them. They busted a lot of plays that was the worst thing they did. They hustled good.”
on Jody Allen’s new role as special teams coordinator
“In the first place you have to have somebody that wants to do it. He wanted to do it. He has done such an excellent job with the parts he had last year. I think it is a good move. You have to have somebody that wants to do it, if you don’t you divide it.:”
Quarterback Drew Weatherford
on his early discussions with new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher
“Well obviously at first we just got to kind of know each other. (The discussions) weren’t really football based as we started to get closer and closer we started to get into more into the logistics of the offense. How things are going to be run and what he expects out of his quarterback. There are certain attributes you have to have to be able to lead a team and if you don’t have those you won’t play for him.”
Offensive Line Coach Rick Trickett
on the progress so far
“We have thrown a lot at them. I am sure their heads are spinning a little bit. We got a long way to go. I see some signs. I think we will get there. We just, right now, we have a lot of work to do. We have to keep sawing that wood.”
Wide Receiver Coach Lawrence Dawsey
on how the offensive staff is working together
“I have worked with Jimbo (Fisher) and a lot of these other coaches. Coach Trickett is the one I hadn’t really coached with or worked with. I knew him but I had never really worked with him before. By being here since January it feels like I have been around these guys for about 10 years. Everybody is working together and having fun. It doesn’t feel like a job right now. Coming out and working and having fun with each other. That’s what it is all about. Everybody is after one goal and that is to win a National Championship.”