Nov. 18, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Weather forecasts predict low 30’s and clear skies in Maryland Saturday night and if Tuesday was any indicator Florida State will be ready. The Seminoles practiced for 22 periods in uppers in mid-40 degree weather Tuesday night in Tallahassee. Florida State will face similar circumstances when it plays in its second straight blackout game. Last week it was a home game versus BC. This weekend it will be Maryland’s turn to host a blackout game.
· Senior Darius McClure received the results of the MRI on his left knee Tuesday. The rover tore his cartilage and will start rehab in hopes of returning to the field.
· In pass rush ends Everette Brown and Neefy Moffett led the way with three wins a piece. Benjamin Lampkin and Kendrick Stewart each had two sacks while Justin Mincey, Markus White, Budd Thacker and Moses McCray all got to the QB. On the other side it was the veterans who led the way as Ryan McMahon and Rodney Hudson both had three wins. A.J. Ganguzza picked up two wins while Zebrie Sanders, David Spurlock, Rhonne Sanderson and Brandon Davis had wins.
· In skeleton, Korey Mangum had two pass break-ups. For the offense Drew Weatherford completed passes to Jarmon Fortson, Bert Reed, Louis Givens and Greg Carr. Christian Ponder found Jermaine Thomas twice, Rod Owens once and Taiwan Easterling on a deep TD pass.
· Jamie Robinson and Ochuko Jenije recorded pass break-ups in 11-on-11. Weatherford connected twice with Reed and once with Givens. Ponder hooked-up with Thomas and Easterling again and then went deep to Owens for a TD.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
On how Maryland’s offensive line matches Boston College’s:
“We just got to do better techniques. When you play against big people, then you have to use technique. You have to stay lower, have to keep leverage and work your feet and all that stuff. If you don’t you get driven out of there. That happened to us several times the other night (against Boston College). Of course tackles get driven back, linebackers can’t pursue the ball, they get cut off, that happened to us several times the other night. That’s a big thing you’re facing right there.”
On Maryland’s wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey:
“He has good size and he has great speed. He’s one of the fastest players I ever played against. Really his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. He has an explosive first step. He comes out and breaks pretty well. He’s an all around good receiver. He has great size. When you combine great size and speed, it’s going to be really hard to tackle him. That’s just going to give me an opportunity to show what I got. The type of skills I’ve got and I’m looking forward to it this Saturday.”
On the team’s mindset for the Maryland game:
“Just losing this past Saturday against BC, we were kind of hurt about it. We came out here with the mindset that we gonna get better and try to make our defense better because Saturday is going to be another tough match-up. We’ve got to come out here with the right mindset and work hard and work smart. For me, I’m trying to get through this week and try to be focused and study the film, trying to get my mind right for the game.”
On the cold weather for Saturday’s game:
“We played there my freshman year, I’m assuming it’s going to be pretty cold. I’m going up there with the mind set it’s going to be cold and I’m gonna have to play through it and play physical to the best of my abilities. Just coming out to practice in this cold weather is just going to be like Saturday so we’re going to be ready for it.”
LB Kenny Ingram
On where he is lining up:
“I’m lining up at rover and keep learning outside linebacker. The conditioning part is a lot different but I felt good out there. I felt it starting to get comfortable toward the end. I’m doing both so I’m studying both right now (rover and linebacker) so I think I’m going to be more rover.”
On coming full circle playing different positions at FSU:
“It feels good because it’s letting different scouts see that I’m a versatile player so I’m glad. I’m willing to help the team in any kind of fashion, so I’m down for it.”
On playing at Maryland:
“I’ve been there, my freshman year, but I haven’t played on the field because I was redshirting then. It was tough watching them boys. These fans are crazy. They like to get after it. I like that. I don’t like the cold. I’m trying to figure out some things to keep warm.”
On Maryland TE Dan Gronkowski:
“I think he’s the third leading receiver for the team but I’m just going to look at it as guarding another tight end. I’m not going to do anything different.”
On challenges this weekend’s game presents:
“It’s always a challenge traveling on the road. You’re not with your home crowd and playing in Maryland, I’m assuming it’s going to be pretty cold. Florida boys aren’t that used to that so I think both of those things present a challenge but I think it’s not going to be a big deal really for our team. We’re a pretty tough team, pretty resilient when it comes to stuff like that.”
About how the team has responded after the tough loss:
“Great, so far. Two days of practice under our belt so far and we’ve done very well. When we lost to Georgia Tech, we came out and had a great week of practice and played well against Clemson so hopefully we can do the same thing.”