Oct. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “We’re all focusing on one thing,” redshirt sophomore cornerback Dionte Allen said, “and it starts with the coaches. Their positive vibe gives us a better positive vibe. We can’t get that game back; all we can do is move forward. That’s what everybody’s got to do; the whole staff, the program, we’ve just got to move forward. A lot of people are disappointed right now but we’ve got to stick together…”
It’s been six years since Georgia Tech last visited Doak Campbell Stadium and the Yellow Jackets bring a national ranking, a 4-1 record (2-1 ACC) and the option to Tallahassee for Saturday’s 8 p.m. ESPN2 contest.
“It’s one of those offenses that is completely different from what you’re seeing every week and they run it fast so we are going to have to practice against guys that can’t run it that fast,” head coach Bobby Bowden said following Monday night’s practice. “I think normally it will rip you early and then you begin to get the feel of it and you better.”
The Seminoles (2-3, 0-2 ACC) will have little room for error Saturday and that was a main focus of Monday’s workout – correcting mistakes and missed assignments.
“Number one, we need to not miss assignments like we did on the goal line down there (last week vs. B.C.),” Bowden said. “We blocked them good but some of guys blocked the wrong guys so if we just got our assignments we’d be a whole lot better.”
Despite the loss at Boston College, junior quarterback Christian Ponder continued to put up impressive numbers. Ponder leads the ACC in passing yards (1,423), completions (121), attempts (181), yards passing per game (284.6) and total offense (305.8 yards per game) while ranking tied for first for fewest interceptions (one) and second in completion percentage (.688). He is the only quarterback in the ACC who has passed for more than 1,400 yards and earned more than 1,500 yards in total offense.
The Seminoles are averaging just 4.8 points per game in the first quarter this season and will continue to work on not only scoring often, but scoring early and often.
“We came out a bit slow in the first half at Boston College but Coach Bowden talked to us at halftime and said if we had any fight in us, any type of competitiveness, we’d come out and play a better half than we did in the first one,” senior receiver Richard Goodman, who had a career-high 105 yards receiving in the Boston College game said. “We did some good things but we just came up short. We’ve been taking steps all season long and the only thing hindering us right now, as far as being a great football team as a whole, is finding a way to win. That’s what the great ones do. We are getting better every week and looking forward to the next game.”
The Seminoles went 10 periods in shorts Monday night and concluded the practice with conditioning. And there were no heads hanging low as the Seminoles exiting the field.
“Our goal is still out there,” Allen said. “That’s how positive we are thinking. If we think negative, we’re going to go out there and perform negative. So we just have to think positive, positive, positive, positive. We think as this game as an opportunity. Sometimes you put all of your chips into one game and it’s not the end of the world. That’s the thing about it, we’ve just got to continue to play and get better where we need to get better.”