August 7, 1998 - by

Florida State Holds First Freshman Football Practice

Coach Bowden happy with what he saw.

August 7, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team held its first official practice with first-year players yesterday afternoon after a morning of strength and speed testing. The squad practiced for 18 five-minute periods in shorts.

“It was a good first practice for those boys,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They’re just trying to learn and we’re cramming it down their throats as fast as we can before the varsity comes in.”

“I went around today and really liked what I saw,” continued Bowden. “The big guys were moving good. I didn’t see anything I didn’t like. Jarad (Jones) did some things that I haven’t seen of other first-year quarterbacks. He threw the ball well. He was tall and alert. He’s got the touch.”

The freshmen were tested in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump. Walk-on defensive back Matt Carpenter led all players with a 4.36 40-yard time, while junior college transfer wide receiver Oscar Saavedra had a 41-inch vertical jump. Receivers Talman Gardner (4.40) and Greg Moore (4.44) were among the best in the 40-yard dash. Moore also led the group in situps (62). Freshman Todd Williams ran a 4.98, the best among the linemen. Montrae Holland set a new freshman bench press record of 460 lbs., last week.


Wide receiver Talman Garder strained his right groin. Sophomore defensive end David Warren, who suffered a mild seizure yesterday, underwent several tests this morning which were all negative. He is at home resting comfortably and doctors will continue to test Warren to find a reason for the seizure.

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