March 29, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State football team practiced 15 periods in shorts on the FSU practice fields in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium.
“It was a beautiful day for football and we tried to brush up on some things so we can have a good scrimmage tomorrow,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We only have four days remaining (in spring practice) before the spring game.”
Following 11 periods of skill drills by the offense and defense, the team closed out the day with four periods of skeleton drills. Among the highlights of the skeleton drills were an interception by sophomore B.J. Ward, a 40-yard pass play from sophomore quarterback Adrian McPherson to sophomore wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe and a pass connection between junior quarterback Fabian Walker and freshman Willie Reid.
“We have made some progress and I really like the attitude of the kids,” said Bowden. “These kids have not backed off and hopefully we can stay healthy for four more days.”
Bowden also commented on the quarterback position.
“Right now, it doesn’t look like Chris (Rix) has lost any ground. I think A.D. (McPherson) has gotten better and Fabian got off to a real slow start because of the rust. But it looks like in the past couple of days, he has picked it up. And Matt Henshaw has come along good and he is looking more and more and home. I am glad with the progress.”
Country superstar Kenny Chesney practiced with the Seminoles this afternoon. He will be on the sidelines during Saturday’s scrimmage though he will not take part. Chesney took part in the entire practice including passing and skeleton drills as well as agilities and the end of practice.
A life-long Seminole fan, Chesney contacted the Florida State football office and inquired about participating in a practice. Chesney was in Tallahassee in February for a live performance at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
“He did pretty well this afternoon and made some pretty nice catches,” said Bowden of Chesney. “He just wanted to come down and work out. He called and asked if he could workout and seemed appreciative so we let him do it.”