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Seminoles Complete Long Stretch Of Practices With 15 Periods On Tuesday

Florida State will get back on the field Thursday for the first time since October 4th.

Bert Reed Interview – 10/14

Greg Carr Interview – 10/14

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It seems like forever since Florida State got that emotional victory over the Hurricanes in Dolphin Stadium. With the team’s 12-day layoff getting ready to end, the Seminoles completed their preparations for NC State (2-4, 0-2) with a 15 period practice in shorts on Tuesday. FSU (4-1, 1-1) will depart for Raleigh Wednesday ahead of Thursday night’s nationally broadcast game versus the Wolfpack.

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Most Of Monday’s Practice Was Spent With FSU Focusing On NC StateUpdated Monday, 8:05pm

The Seminoles worked versus scout teams for most of Monday’s 20-period practice.

Antone Smith Interview – 10/13

Dekoda Watson Interview – 10/13

Mickey Andrews Interview – 10/13

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Even though it is just Monday, the Seminole football team just completed its second-to-last practice of the week. Florida State (4-1, 1-1) will take the practice fields just one more time on Tuesday before departing for Raleigh, NC Wednesday afternoon. The Seminoles are 5-4 overall on Thursday night and three of those nine games have come versus NC State (2-4, 0-2). The Wolfpack won the last Thursday night meeting between the teams in Carter-Finley Stadium in 2006.


  • The team spent 20 periods in uppers.
  • During pass rush Rodney Hudson was the star again with three wins. Brandon Davis also had multiple wins. Ryan McMahon, Will Furlong, Zebrie Sanders, David Spurlock and Andrew Datko also recorded a win. For the defense, Neefy Moffett led the way with three sacks. Everette Brown and Budd Thacker each had two. Paul Griffin, Everett Dawkins, Jamar Jackson, Jeremy Johnson and Justin Mincey also got to the QB.
  • In 7-on-7 Christian Ponder connected with Preston Parker. Drew Weatherford hit Jarmon Fortson twice and Rod Owens twice. One of which was a deep ball. Darius McClure had a pass break-up.
  • When the drill moved into the red zone Weatherford and Fortson continued to click. The senior hit the true freshman for two TDs. Weatherford also connected with Parker on two TDs. The final one was a one-handed gem in the back of the endzone followed by a world class celebration. Ponder hooked up with Parker twice and Caz Piurowski once.
  • In 11-on-11 the defense had a big drill. Moffett had a sack while Derek Nicholson, Kevin McNeil and Markus White had QB pressures. White’s pressure forced an errant throw that was picked off by Recardo Wright, who also had a sack.
  • In 1:00 Korey Mangum broke up a pass. Ponder hit Taiwan Easterling and then ended the drill with a Hail Mary completion to Corey Surrency in the endzone.

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FSU Spends Rare Sunday On Practice Fields With Thursday Game Looming – (Updated Sunday, 10:25pm)

Seminoles put in a large part of their NC State game plan during afternoon practice.

When does a Sunday become a Tuesday? When you are a college football team preparing for a Thursday night game the days of the week start to shift on you. That is the case for the Florida State football team. The Seminoles went through a Tuesday practice on a Sunday as the team readies itself for the ESPN Thursday night showcase game versus NC State. FSU practiced for 22 periods in full pads as the majority of the NC State game plan began to be installed.


  • The highlight of inside drills for the offense was a nice run by Marcus Sims.
  • In 1-on-1 Drew Weatherford hit Avis Commack, Louis Givens and Jarmon Fortson. E.J. Manuel found Preston Parker. Korey Mangum recorded a pass break-up.
  • In 7-on-7 Patrick Robinson, Tony Carter and Roosevelt Lawson all had break-ups. Christian Ponder connected on a TD with Bert Reed, found Parker and had a big play to Taiwan Easterling on a nice run after the catch. Weatherford connected with Rod Owens twice and Reed three times, one of which ended with a long run following the reception.
  • The defense had a nice day in pass rush. Kevin McNeil and Markus White got to the QB twice. Kendrick Stewart, Budd Thacker, Neefy Moffett, Kevin McNeil and Everett Dawkins also recorded sacks. Ryan McMahon got a couple wins for the offense as did Rodney Hudson, one of which was a pancake block. Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders also recorded wins.
  • 11-on-11 was fairly uneventful with the lone completion coming from Ponder to Commack. Kendall Smith had a QB pressure and Carter broke up a pass.
  • In 11-on-11 inside the 20, sacks were the prominent play of the day. White and Everette Brown combined on one, Thacker and Paul Griffin combined on one, Griffin and Moffett also joined up on a sack and Vince Williams recorded one of his own. Stewart recorded a tackle for loss and White had a pressure. Ponder had a short pass that Parker turned into a long gain. D’Vontrey Richardson hit Seddrick Holloway and Owens for TDs. Weatherford swung a pass out to Carlton Jones who broke a tackle at the line and turned it into a long gain. Bert Reed also had a highlight on a run where hi zig-zagged his way through the defense.

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Florida State Begins Preparation For NC State On Thursday Night – (Updated Saturday, 9:00pm)

Seminoles to face Wolfpack on national television.

In what was considered a “modified Monday practice” the Florida State football team began its preparations for Thursday night’s game at NC State. The Seminoles practiced in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) for 18 periods as they began implementing their game plan for their game against the Wolfpack. Florida State is in the midst of its off week; after defeating Miami last Saturday, 41-39, at Dolphins Stadium, the team is off until Oct. 16 when it travels to play the 10th nationally televised Thursday night game in school history. The Seminoles are 5-4 in Thursday night games dating back to a 1983 victory over Louisville.

Florida State will practice Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before travelling to Raleigh on Wednesday.

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Florida State Spends 22 Periods Practicing In Pads Thursday Afternoon

Seminoles will take Friday off before getting to work on a Wolfpack game plan.

Ochucko Jenije Interview – 10/9

Christian Ponder Interview – 10/9

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Bobby Bowden Podcast 10.9 – Free

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Christian Ponder Podcast 10.9- Free

For all intensive purposes, the Seminoles completed their bye week on Thursday with a 22 period practice in pads. With a Thursday night game against NC State looming, the team will take Friday off and then begin their game week with a Saturday practice.


  • In 1-on-1 A.J. Alexander picked off a pass while Drew Weatherford completed passes to Preston Parker, Greg Carr and Bert Reed.
  • In pass rush Everett Dawkins, Justin Mincey and Markus White each had multiple sacks. Everette Brown, Jamar Jackson, Moses McCray and Kevin McNeil all got to the QB as well. For the offense Rodney Hudson had three wins, Ryan McMahon had two and Will Furlong, Joe Tonga and Andrew Datko also won a battle. Zebrie Sanders, with help from some wet grass, had a pancake block.
  • During 7-on-7 Christian Ponder hit Parker twice, on of which was on a deep route. He also found Carr. Weatherford had a nice drill with three completions to Rod Owens, one of which was a bomb. The senior also hit Louis Givens and Reed twice. Reed had a long run after the catch after one of those completions. D’Vontrey Richardson completed one ball to Reed who once again had a great run after the catch. Jamie Robinson had two pass break-ups for the defense.
  • The defense had success in 11-on-11. Derek Nicholson, Kenny Ingram and McNeil all had QB pressures. Neefy Moffett broke up a pass and White had a sack. Marcus Sims had a big run for the offense as did Ponder. Ponder also completed a pass to Carlton Jones and Parker who turned in a nice run after the catch.
  • The drill moved into the red zone and Sims had two more impressive runs. One was for a TD and the other was a big gainer right up the middle. Ponder completed a pass to Sims as well. Moffett and Kendrick Stewart had pressures and Myron Rolle broke up a pass.
  • In goal line Ponder connected with Carr for a 3 yard TD. Moffett recorded a sack on a pass play from the one. Kendall Smith, Recardo Wright and Maurice Harris combined to stop Sims from the three and on the final play Vince Williams recorded a PBU in the end zone after Bo Reliford seemed to pull in a TD.

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Seminoles Open Bye Week With 18 Period Practice Following Day Off

Florida State returned to the practice fields for the first time since upsetting Miami.

Derek Nicholson Interview – 10/7

Everette Brown Interview – 10/7

Tuesday Practice Photo Gallery – Free

It has been three days since their emotional victory over Miami but the Seminoles finally got back out on the practice fields on Tuesday. The team spent 18 periods in uppers despite a persistent, driving rain. The Seminoles will work with one eye towards NC State and a nationally televised ESPN game.


  • In 1-on-1 E.J. Manuel hit Greg Carr deep, Corey Surrency, Avid Commack and Cameron Wade once and Taiwan Easterling twice. Drew Weatherford connected with Jarmon Fortson and Christian Ponder went deep to Bert Reed. Ochuko Jenije had a pass break-up and Dionte Allen forced a fumble.
  • When 1-on-1 moved to the red zone Manuel hit Surrency and Wade for TDs and Weatherford hit Carr for six. Allen had a break-up and A.J. Alexander had one as well.
  • During inside Jermaine Thomas had two nice runs, Marcus Sims had a tough run and Kenny Ingram recovered a fumble.
  • Everette Brown dominated pass rush with four wins. Jamar Jackson had a couple sacks and Jeremy Johnson got to the QB. Kendrick Stewart sent the linemen into a frenzy as his second win came after he split a double team and got to the QB. For the offense Spurlock had a couple wins. Jacob Stanley, Brandon Davis, Will Furlong, Joe Tonga and Zebrie Sanders picked up wins as well.
  • In 7-on-7 Tony Carter had an interception. Ponder connected on a couple underneath passes to Carlton Jones. Weatherford found Reed, twice, Commack and Fortson who had a great run following the catch.

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Carter And Hudson Take Home ACC Honors Following Win Over Miami

Two Seminoles named ACC Player of the Week for first time since BC last year.

Following Florida State’s big win Saturday over Miami in Dolphin Stadium two Seminoles were named ACC Player of the Week. For the second time this season Rodney Hudson was named the conference’s offensive lineman of the week and Tony Carter took home defensive back honors. This is the first time two Seminoles were honored by the ACC in the same week since Drew Weatherford and Hudson won the honors following FSU’s upset of No. 2 Boston College in 2007.

Hudson helped lead the FSU ground game to 281 rushing yards versus a Miami defense that was allowing an average of 65 yards per game on the ground. Hudson led a young offensive line that paved the way for FSU QB Christian Ponder to rush for 144 yards, the second-most rushing yards by a Seminole QB in the history of the program. Not only did he open holes for running back Antone Smith on his four TD runs and for Ponder on his career rushing day, but he was a key factor in limiting the Hurricanes to zero sacks. UM came into the game with nine sacks on the season but were unable to sack Ponder once in the game.

Tony Carter recorded multiple interceptions for the second week in a row as he picked off Miami’s Robert Marve twice. His first pick in the first quarter led to the Seminoles’ first TD of the game and then in the fourth quarter he intercepted a deep pass on 4th-and-6 to thwart a potential Miami TD that would have cut the score to 34-29. Carter watched the receiver all the way, never turned back to look for the ball, and swiped it out of the receivers hands just as he was about to haul the ball in at the FSU two-yard line.


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Seminoles.com will expand coverage of video streamed press conferences this season to include each football post-game press conference. Tom Block and the Seminoles.com crew will bring each post-game home football press conference live on Seminoles All-Access. For each road game, Seminoles.com will provide the full length press conference as video on demand.

Fans can continue to watch each Monday afternoon press conference with Jimbo Fisher, Mickey Andrews and the starting quarterback. The Monday press conferences will start at 1:30 and conclude by 3:00pm EST.

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