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Seminoles Spend 24 Periods Preparing For NC State Saturday

Oct. 2, 2007

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Tallahassee, Fla.After a season-opening loss to Clemson, the Seminole football team (3-1, 0-1) had to wait almost a month to get back out against an ACC opponent. That will happen this Saturday when the NC State Wolfpack (1-4, 0-2) come to town. The game will kick at 3:30 p.m. and be televised regionally by ABC. In preparation for the game, the Seminoles practiced for 24 periods in full pads on Tuesday.






Head Coach Bobby Bowden
On NC State:

“Defensively they start eight seniors, guys who beat us last year. Offensively I’m not sure, maybe not quite as many. It looks like a team of real good athletes. Coaches change their system and everything. It looks like they kind of struggled to get it like we’ve had to struggle with our offense. Again, we are just looking at it from an objective stand point. That the people that beat them. Clemson beat them but they also beat us. Louisville at one time sixth or seventh in the nation. BC is what, sixth in the nation. They are getting beat by some pretty dang good people.”


On the intensity of the game:

“This is a game we can no way let up. The main thing is the intensity in which we played last week. You get a big win, an emotional game like that, and then next week you have to get back up to that intensity.”


 On the last time Florida State won a division game:

“Well (the ACC)has gotten better. The object of Florida State getting in there was to build football up in the conference. I don’t think we’ve gone so much (down) there, as they’ve gotten (up) here. Now you can just about tell from our intersectional games; beaten UCLA last year, beaten Alabama the other day. Its gotten so much tougher in our conference. Still expected to win the conference.”


RB Antone Smith:

On having concerns about the running game:

“I’m not concerned at all. I know it’s going to take off. The guys up front, they are getting the job done. They come out here and bust their butt everyday. I’m not frustrated or anything, I mean it’s going to happen. I think it’s just going to take a little time.”


On the plays being called on the outside:

“All the plays we did were basically placed outside. We were trying to get outside with the tosses and everything. We didn’t try to run too much in the middle because they came out to short yardage.”


DE Alex Boston:

On preparing for NC State:

“Obviously we had a big win. We have to put that behind us, we watched the game film, put it behind us. The main thing we have been talking about since Monday is coming out with the same intensity. NC State lost four, especially pretty much to four ranked teams. In practice talking about keeping focus and practicing hard, preparing for NC State and not just riding on Alabama and thinking that will is going to have anything with this game.”


On finding the defensive identity:

“We are used to having an identity of just playing hard, stopping the run, knocking people around and being a tough pass defense. But we haven’t established a name that we want to. We want to come out and shut teams out. We need to have one shut out under our belts before we can get a lot of them. Our defense is playing together and playing hard, but we haven’t reached our max.”

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