Aug. 12, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL — The Florida State Seminoles conducted their first practice in full pads this morning (8:30 a.m.), going 24 periods, followed by an 18-period session in shells in the evening. (6:30 p.m.).
The Seminoles’ wide receiving corps was plagued by more injuries in the evening session as junior Marvin Minnis sprained his right foot during pass coverage drills while freshman Talman Gardner suffered a groin pull just a couple of plays later. The damage to Minnis’ foot will be determined when he is X-rayed on Friday morning while Gardner will be held out of practice at least past Saturday. Senior WR Laveraneus Coles was absent from tonight’s practice as he attended a required seminar, but will practice tomorrow.
“We’ve got Ron (Dugans) out and now Snoop (Minnis) and Talman (Gardner), but that Peter (Warrick), well, he just keeps hanging in there,” Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. “That’s why you have to have reserves.”
Bowden noted the play of the Seminole defense during the two-minute offense drills tonight.
“We went with the first and second offense against the first defense tonight, and both got beat,” Bowden said. “The defense took them out both times and that is something we really need. We’ll (the offense) just continue working on it, but we have been looking better. There was some excitement out there during the two-minute drills. Guys thinking there were first downs or not first downs and that’s what you like to see. I feel like we are on schedule with what we want to do.”
The morning practice was highlighted by the offense, who scored on three of six attempts in goal line drills. Freshman tailback Nick Maddox scored twice while senior fullback Dan Kendra recorded the other touchdown. Quarterback Jared Jones had a good outing, going 2-for-3 for 56 yards in 11-on-11 drills. He hit Atrews Bell with a 30-yard pass and Anquan Boldin with a 26-yarder.
“Jared (Jones) was very sharp throwing the ball,” Bowden said. “In 11-on-11, we moved the ball best when he was back there. He had a couple of long ones. (Anquan) Boldin is going to be an excellent receiver. He has great balance and he showed that today. He’s just going to need experience.”
Additional injuries from today’s workouts include junior Justin Amman, who was held out of practice tonight due to heat exhaustion and walk-on fullback Chad Maeder, who fractured his left hand in the morning practice.
The Seminoles will continue their two-a-days schedule tomorrow with a 24-period morning practice in full pads, with limited contact, at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m., 18-period workout.