March 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thursday was a day off for the Seminole football team but the squad was back at work on Friday. The team practiced for 25 periods in shoulder pads this afternoon. The Seminoles will put on full pads Saturday for the first scrimmage of the spring. We will have all the details on Seminoles.com Saturday afternoon following the practice session
· The team started practice on the practice fields but moved inside Doak Campbell for 3-on-3. Markus White started things off with a tackle at the first level. Kendall Smith, Nigel Carr and Vince Williams all recorded stops at the second level while Mister Alexander had a tackle and a jarring hit that dislodged the football. Jarmon Fortson had two huge blocks.
· In 1-on-1 Andrew Nowles got a lot of work and he connected with Richard Goodman and Cameron Wade twice each. He also found Ashuwa Richardson and Josh Gehres. Gehres hauled a ball in thrown over his head with one-hand. Christian Ponder worked mostly on inside but did come over to complete a ball to Bert Reed and Corey Eddinger also found Reed for a completion. Both A.J. Alexander and Ochuko Jenije had pass break ups.
· In 11-on-11 Ponder hit Goodman deep and Reed hauled in a short pass and turned in a big play with a good run following the catch. Eddinger hit Givens on a deep pass and the big highlight for the defense was a sack by Alexander.
· 11-on-11 moved into the red zone and the defense picked up its intensity. Patrick Robinson had a great tackle on a swing pass that went for no gain, Korey Mangum broke up a pass in the end zone that was nearly a highlight reel one-handed pick and Vincent Zann had a QB pressure and a big hit on the final play of the day. Eddinger, Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones all had TD runs as well.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
“We have a scrimmage tomorrow. First full scrimmage. I am anxious to see how they do. The intensity is pretty good. The kids are going after each other pretty good. Everybody is not sure what they are doing. Some are and some are not. That will come with time.”
On if the offense is ahead of the defense
“They should be. They should be because they got so many more guys coming back and I think that is true.”
Linebacker Kendall Smith
On how ready the guys are to finally go full contact:
“We have been in shells the last couple days. The offense has been giving us a little lip saying we need to get ready for tomorrow. We will crank it up a little bit tomorrow when we get in full pads. We are just trying to get better every day. Coach Andrews said we need to get 2% better everyday but we need to crank it up to five.”
On being the veteran of the linebacking group this spring:
“It feels kind of weird to hear that said because I have been learning from great linebackers since I got here but this spring I know this defense and a lot of my teammates are looking to me now. I want to just be enthusiastic and hopefully that spreads to the linebackers, the linemen and the DB’s. That is how we can get better each day.”