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Thursday Football Practice Report

Sept. 28, 2006


* Florida State practiced for 22 periods in shells (shoulder pads and helmets)

* The final three periods of the practice session were 11 on 11 drills.

* Highlights of the 11 on 11 drills were a 37-yard pass from Xavier Lee to Robert Hallback and a 48-yard field goal to end the afternoon by Gary Cismesia.

* Gary Cismesia was named one of three stars of the week by the Palm Beach Sports Commission – the organization that presents the Lou Groza Award to the nation’s top collegiate kicker at the end of the season.

* The Seminoles will take tomorrow (Friday) off from practice before returning to the practice fields Saturday and Sunday in preparation for its Oct. 5 game against NC State in Raleigh, N.C.

* Florida State will play NC State in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on Oct. 5. The game is the Seminoles’ only Thursday night game during the regular season.


Associate Head Coach Mickey Andrews

(On getting in new guys during the bye week)

Well bye weeks, one reason you have them is to kind of get some guys a little help there. It’s also got to serve a purpose for guys that aren’t ready to play at the level that they got to play because there are people that we still got to play, and we got to get their game up. When you do that, you got to turn them loose and play football. Can you get somebody hurt doing that, yeah, you can, but you don’t get any better watching, you can’t go through the motions and get better. You know, we had some that were hurt and didn’t practice, we had some that were banged up a little bit and we kind of took it a little easier on them,

(On the type of teaching that goes on during the bye week)

We had some things that we had to get straightened out. You know, we worked a little red zone today, worked a little long yardage for the first time, and worked the one-minute drill, some things we haven’t worked on this week. We will come back Saturday and treat it like a Tuesday practice and see if we can’t get them ready for a Thursday night game.

Safety and Team Captain Mikhal Kornegay

(on preparation for NC State)

“There was a lot of work and a lot of hitting in these last three days in trying to get prepared. The coaches don’t want us to get so relaxed and lackadaisical. The coaches don’t want us to become lazy or get out of shape so they have been working us trying to get special teams right and to get the offense and the defense corrected. We have been working – doing a lot of hitting and a lot of running.”

(on nearly two weeks off between games)

“With this game being an ACC game and with NC State having won their game against Boston College we have to try to take out the top dogs. Now they have a target on their back and since we lost to Clemson now have to beat everybody we play. We are approaching every game we play with that mentality – that we have to beat everybody we play.

Sophomore Wide Receiver Richard Goodman

(On the receivers getting coached on dropped passes)

They have been talking to us in meetings and out here on the field if we drop a pass or something like that. I don’t think it’s just dropping the ball I think it’s just a competition between us trying to make a play and take our team to the next level.

(On the difference between catching everything in practice and dropping a few in games)

Last year I think I was a little nervous but this year I think I am more anxious that anything. The crowd and the coaches and everything, that doesn’t frighten me; I see Greg Carr, Chris Davis and De’Cody out there making plays and I am so eager to make a play because I know what I am capable of doing and sometimes things just don’t fall my way.

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