Nov. 1, 2006
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State football team practiced for 20 periods on the FSU Practice Fields in preparation for Saturday’s game against Virginia. The Seminoles meet the Cavaliers in Doak Campbell Stadium at Noon at Saturday in a game that will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports.
* The Seminoles practiced for 20 periods in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts)
* Highlights of the practice included a 30-yard touchdown pass from Drew Weatherford to Robert Hallback in seven on seven drills and a quarterback sack by Lawrence Timmons in 11 on 11 drills.
* Junior kicker Gary Cismesia has been named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top place-kicker. He is one of three kickers from the ACC on the semifinalist list.
* Florida State leads the series against Virginia by a 12-2 margin. Seminole head coach Bobby Bowden is 14-2 against the Cavaliers with two victories coming when he was the head coach at West Virginia.
* Linebacker Buster Davis of only three candidates for each of the following four National Defensive Player of the Year Awards — Bednarik, Butkus, and Lombardi Awards as well as the Lott Trophy.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
(on the work that Drew Weatherford got in at Practice today)
“Yes, he took some reps; we didn’t let him get into that last 11 on 11 but he took some reps. We let Xavier work with the first group and he worked with the second.”
(on the progress that Cismesia has made from the preseason to being announced as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award as the Top Collegiate Kicker)
“Yeah, yes he has [come a long way] and had a good year. And he is on the watch list? Good.”
Junior kicker Gary Cismesia
(on how it feels to be on the Lou Groza Semifinalist list)
“It feels good to be doing enough out there. It feels good to be recognized as one of the top kickers.”
(on frustration of wondering where the kick in the Maryland game might have gone)
“Yeah it is frustrating because it is one that I hit and it was solid. It’s not like I thought I hit it bad, you know, I thought I hit it good but it’s just how it turns out.”
Sophomore defensive back Michael Ray Garvin
(on whether or not he is starting at boundary cornerback and the difference between starting and coming off the bench)
“Yeah, I’m starting at boundary cornerback. It’s just the same as every game; just go out there and play.”
(on what he has done to get the coaches to feel as though he has earned the job rather than someone else losing it)
“Basically just working hard at practice and staying focused.”
(on whether going against Greg Carr in practice has prepared him for going against Virginia’s tall receivers)
“I mean yeah, kind of. Greg is a good wide receiver so you know going against him is good work.”