August 7, 2000 - by
Seminoles Hold First Two-A-Day Practice

Aug. 7, 2000

Tallahassee, Fla. — The 2000 Florida State football team held their first
two-a-day practice today with the first session beginning at 8:30 a.m. and
the second starting at 4:30 p.m. The team worked out in shorts and focused
on fundamentals and conditioning along while also spending time in base
offensive and defensive sets. The running game was emphasized in the
morning practice with the passing game being the priority in the afternoon.

“It was a pretty good day of practice,” said head coach Bobby
Bowden. “It was a typical first day and we had plenty of heat out there.
I didn’t see anything that disappointed me. We looked pretty good throwing
and catching.”

Starting cornerback Tay Cody and starting linebacker Brian Allen
were excused from practice to attend graduation ceremonies.

“There is nothing we would rather see than these guys getting their
degrees and walking across that stage,” said Bowden.

The Associated Press Top 25 was released between practices with FSU
checking in at number two behind Nebraska. State rivals Miami and Florida
ranked five and nine, respectively.

“I figured we would be number two,” said Bowden. “When I started
to look at it, I got a feel Nebraska would be number one. This is the
first year I would have liked to been preseason number one.”

The senior class showered and headed to Coach Bowden’s house for
the annual senior dinner following practice.

There were no new injuries to report following today’s practice.
Several players suffered cramping, but will be ready to return to practice

Freshman offensive lineman Ray Willis flew home to Texas this
morning after receiving word that his mother had passed away at a Galveston

“We told Ray to stay in Texas as long as he needed,” said Bowden.
“His mother had been ill, but this came as a shock.”

The team will participate in media/fan day Sunday and return to the
two-a-day practice schedule on Monday.

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