March 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State football team went 22 periods in shells Thursday afternoon and conducted some contact drills in their final practice before spring break. The Seminoles will resume practice on Tuesday, March 19th.
“We were in shells, but we got in some pretty good contact today,” Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. “I don’t think anybody got hurt, thank goodness. We got to look at a lot of kids, so I thought it was a good practice. We’ll send them home and then when we get back, we’ll start our fourth day, but we’ve got three days under our belt.”
The first seven or so periods on Thursday were position drills, followed by the contact drills. The final five periods consisted of 11-on-11 drills and conditioning.
“Thank goodness they’re not reluctant to want to do that (hit),” Bowden said. “They’re excited and they went after each other pretty good.”
Bowden noted the practice effort of tailback Greg Jones, who gained 30 yards on a draw play in which he reversed, knocked down one defender and dragged another, against the first team defense.
“It would be hard for me to say who stood out,” Bowden said. “Naturally, you notice your ball carrier and Greg Jones had some nice runs out there today. Eric Moore made some nice plays and O.J. Jackson, who we moved to nose guard, he got through for a nice sack out there today. We had a bunch of them who made good plays.”
Although just three practices, Bowden is pleased with what he’s seen so far.
“We started out without a lot of contact, going two days in shorts,” he said. “Today we went in shells and of course we get the full pads on later on and get some scrimmaging in and hope we still healthy because that way, we can improve on ourselves everyday instead of going downhill.”