August 8, 2002 - by
The Seminoles Conduct First Practice In Full Pads

Aug. 8, 2002


TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida State Seminoles continued two-a-day drills Thursday with an 8:30 a.m. 24-period practice in full pads and an evening 18-period session in shells.


“When you first put the pads on, what you see is how far you’ve got to go,” Head Coach Bobby Bowden said. “I am sure we made a little progress today, but we’ve still got a lot of progress to make.


“We probably got about 15 minutes of goal line scrimmage in throughout the practice just to ease them into it. I hope we can stay healthy because that’s a key. We’re probably on schedule, but we’ve just got to get better, better and better. The kids are working hard.”


Early on in the morning practice, sophomore kicker Xavier Beitia went 12-of-13 in the kicking drills with his long marked at 47 yards. Quarterback Chris Rix was 3-for-6 for 50 yards and had one interception in the 11-on-11 drills, highlighted by a 30-yard reception by P.K. Sam in which Rix ran left and threw right. Rix also broke free for a 20-yard run. Quarterback Adrian McPherson also teamed up with Sam for a 40-yarder against the first team defense. The Seminoles had a good morning on defense, stopping the offense in seven of eight goal line situations. Only junior tailback Greg Jones broke free for a touchdown.


“Leroy Smith, defensive back, I thought had an excellent day,” Bowden said. “He made a great interception and was all around the ball and made some good plays. He kind of jumped out at me. The defense got the best of it on the goal line.”


In the evening practice, junior linebacker Kendyll Pope showed no signs of last season’s injuries with two bone-crushing hits during drills. Offensively, junior receiver Anquan Boldin looked back to true form after catching a short 10-yard pass over the middle from Chris Rix and breaking five tackles to cut loose for the score. However, offensively, Bowden felt the team struggled in the evening session.


“I just told them (the team), that we had the worst precision on passing, throwing and catching that I’ve seen in a long time,” Bowden said. “And I don’t know why. The quarterback couldn’t hit him and when he did hit him, the receiver didn’t have his head around. Maybe it’s working with so many guys that there’s no sense of timing, but it didn’t show until today.”


In other news, Bowden announced that junior nose guard Jeff Womble would be suspended for the first game for violating team rules. Bowden also announced that he would miss tomorrow’s early practice while he attends his grandson Justin’s graduation from the Marine Reserves.


Two-a-days will continue Friday at 8:30 a.m. The Seminoles will go lighter for the evening session in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage.


Today’s Injury Report: LB Ray Piquion (concussion) held out of second practice and for a few days; LB Robert May (heat-related problems) should go tomorrow; RV Patrick Newton (left foot sprain) day to day; OG Eric Broe (left hand contusion) x-ray negative; CB Stanford Samuels (mild concussion) held out of second practice, can go tomorrow with no contact; LB Marcello Church (pulled hamstring); LB A.J. Nicholson (heat-related problems) held out of second practice.

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