March 19, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team resumed spring practice on Tuesday with a 20-period practice in shorts and shells.
“I thought we had a pretty good practice,” FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. “I think we are a little further along than we were this time a year ago. There’s no doubt about that. We’ve just got to improve a little bit everyday. That’s what we want them to do.”
Bowden was pleased with the team’s effort despite having the past week off for Spring Break.
“It didn’t look like there was any lag from having the week off,” Bowden said. “The coaches drove them pretty good and they handled it pretty good.”
It was a typical practice, which saw the Seminoles begin with individual segment drills, followed by contact and skeleton drills. The squad concluded the practice with three periods of 11-on-11. Willie Reid, who will be a redshirt freshman next fall, got solid work at tailback and had two strong runs of at least 10 yards or more. He was moved to wide receiver early last season before suffering a season-ending injury, but has since been moved back.
“Willie had some very nice runs out there today,” Bowden said. “He’s good ’cause he can come out of the back field and catch that ball like a receiver.
“At the end of spring training, it will be interesting [to see how the tailback position plays out], but right now, Willie will stay right where he is. We’re getting back to the position where we have depth. You need three tailbacks.”
The Seminoles will conduct a half scrimmage in full pads in the second portion of Wednesday’s workout.
“Tomorrow we’ll scrimmage in full pads after we get through some drills and we’ll see what we’ve learned and see how we stand,” Bowden said. “Looks like we’re going to have a good battle this year with offense against defense.”