Aug. 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State football team continued two-a-day practices Thursday with a 24-period session in the morning and an 18-period session in the evening. The players worked through intense heat in the morning, and following an afternoon rainstorm, were able to practice in cooler temperatures during the second practice session. The Seminoles practiced in full pads for this first time this season in the morning and in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) in evening.
“We got into full pads today and did some live work,” said head coach Bobby Bowden after the morning session. “The offense has got to learn the intensity of which we want to play football. They did better on the goal line situations at the end of (morning) practice. They (the offense) jumped around a little bit better in the afternoon but we didn’t do a whole lot to test it. They will respond. It seems like every year it is the same way. The defense is a little bit more intense and move around a little bit better. The offense drags and you have to get on them and they usually pick it up.”
The 24-period morning session began with kicking and punting drills. Freshman Xavier Beitia was outstanding during field goal drills as he was successful on 12 of 13 attempts with a long of 42 yards. Bowden felt he could have moved out further and continued his success had the drill continued.
“I like his accuracy,” said Bowden of Beitia. “That’s encouraging. Last year we had three guys and were just trying to see if one of them could kick.”
Chris Rix, who was named by Bowden as the No. 1 quarterback Wednesday, looked sharp in pass skeleton drills during the early session. He completed four of seven passes including a long completion to walk-on Travis Smith. Freshman Adrian McPherson completed four-of-six passes during the drill.
Freshman Eric Shelton ran well during the morning session and broke a long gain up the middle in 11 on 11 drills.
“The guy that kept popping out was Shelton,” said Bowden. “There wasn’t much popping out of there, but every now and then he (Shelton) would. I also saw Willie Reid come out of there one time.”
The 18-period evening practice session included kickoffs, kickoff returns and punting in the early going. The scrimmage finished with four periods of 11 on 11 drills.
INJURY REPORT: Matt Heinz (grade two MCL sprain/left knee), Michael Boulware (held out of evening practice after suffering heat exhaustion in morning practice), Ray Piquion (held out of evening practice after suffering heat exhaustion in morning practice), Nick Maddox (sprain/right wrist/x-rays negative), Lemar Parrish (sprain/left ankle), Willie Reid (bruised ribs), Atrews Bell (hamstring), Talmon Garder (hamstring), P.K. Sam (hamstring), B.J. Dean (intestinal flu), Ron Lunford (intestinal flu), David Castillo (left hand injury)