April 5, 2008 - by
Weather Once Again Forces A Change As FSU Hits The Fields Early

April 5, 2008



Tallahassee, FL – After a long full pad scrimmage on Friday, the Seminoles headed back out to the practice fields Saturday morning. Although the practice was scheduled for 11:30, a looming storm caused the coaches to push the start time up to 10:00 am in hopes of not losing yet another practice.



  • The Seminoles practiced 18 periods in shells.

  • Pass rush was highlighted by Rodney Hudson, Will Furlong and Daron Rose who all had multiple wins and Ryan McMahon also won an individual battle. For the defense Emmanuel Dunbar and Budd Thacker had multiple wins.

  • In skeleton Christian Ponder hit Taiwan Easterling and Bert Reed who had a nice run after the catch. D’Vontrey Richardson connected with Greg Carr, Richard Goodman and Rod Owens who also turned a short gain into a long catch with some great moves following the reception.

  • 11-on-11 was run in down and distance. Ponder hit Reed for a first and also found Antone Smith out of the backfield. For the defense Dunbar had two sacks and Kevin McNeil had a QB pressure.

  • 11-on-11 moved into red zone and Ponder had connections with Reed, Smith and Easterling. Easterling’s catch was a beautiful grab in the back of the endzone where he managed to get both feet in bounds. Richardson had a nice gain on a designed run and also completed a pass to Goodman but the last few periods were dominated by the defense. In red zone Myron Rolle had a break-up in the endzone, Craig Yarborough had a QB pressure as did Everette Brown. Dionte Allen broke up a pass as did Kenny Ingram who batted a pass down by leaping up after dropping back into coverage.

  • In 2:00 drill the defense continued to roll. Tony Carter had an interception when he went over Carr to pick off a ball. Anthony Leon had a pick and a pass break-up. Terrance Parks broke up two passes, Dunbar tackled Richardson at the line on a scramble and Yarborough had a sack. The practice ended with Vince Williams forcing Richardson out of the pocket. The sophomore QB found Carr deep but Leon got a hand on the ball and deflected it up in the air where Allen came down with the pick as the defense rushed the field.




Head Coach Bobby Bowden:

On moving practice up due to bad weather:

“We were lucky to get it in. We had planned to practice at either 8:30 or 10:30, trying to judge the weather. It opened up enough for us to get our practice in, so that was good.”


On the need for an indoor football practice facility:

“There is no doubt about it. You can see the liability we have. It’s something we can’t control. If it rains, we can practice in the rain, but with lightning you’re forced to go inside.


“I think the big thing now is everybody recognizes [the need for an indoor football facility]. I always thought we don’t need one, it’s too hot down here. Who wants to go into an old building and practice? But now everybody recognizes it’s getting worse.”


On a missing a practice because of whether in the spring versus the fall:

“It’s not as bad because we don’t have a ball game. There was one time in the late 80’s when we had a ball game against Miami and didn’t get outside all week. We practiced inside but you can’t throw long passes or punt or practice kickoffs. We were leading them by 10 going into the fourth quarter but they came back and beat us.”


On QB’s Ponder and Richardson:

“The quarterbacks have gotten a lot of good practice that they wouldn’t have gotten if Drew (Weatherford) had been here. They still have a ways to go, but they are making some definite progress.”


Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher:

On having an indoor practice facility:

“Yeah it would be nice. We got it in today, but you know it can really mess you up–not just with practice but with academics. If you miss practice on Wednesday, you can’t just go on Thursday. You’ve got certain labs and tutoring sessions that are already scheduled then, so it’s tough.”


On QB Christian Ponder:

“There is no doubt. I think he’s really showing me that he can play. You know he gets out there against the ones and making plays and reads. He’s doesn’t realize how athletic he is, that’s even going to add a new dimension to what he does. [Richardson] is the same way. I’m pleased with their progress but Ponder right now is playing really well.”


On building depth at quarterback with Drew Weatherford out:

“Guys get hurt, and you’ve got another guy who’s ready to play and another guy who is pushing and if he’ll keep striving you can get a third guy in there really. I think it just enhances your ability to know what you got there.”


On Ponder getting better at reading the defense:

“He’s starting to get the picture. He can eliminate things he thinks about, in other words eliminate an option out there that he can go to something else just by certain schemes and things. He’s getting them, just not consistently.”


Defensive End Kevin McNeil:

On practice in general:

“Training has been going pretty good. Basically we’ve just been getting back into football.”


On his day-to-day practice plan:

“I focus on one thing, getting one thing better every day. And every day I see that much more progress being back in football condition.


“I try to pick up something small every day whether it’s hands, take-offs, or feet work and then it depends on whatever I feel like doing.”

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