September 15, 2008 - by
With FCS Schools Behind Them, #24 Florida State Can Look Ahead To Wake

Sept. 15, 2008

Tallahassee, FL –



TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – A young Seminole football team was cautioned repeatedly not to overlook either of their first two SoCon opponents. Florida State didn’t and now the team can turn its attention to its first game versus a ranked opponent as #18 Wake Forest comes to town Saturday night. Before FSU can start preparing for that game, they spent 10 periods cleaning up any lingering issues from Saturday’s 46-7 win over Chattanooga. With the rain falling, the lightning held off and the team got in all 10 periods on the turf field.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden

Opening statement:

“We were very lucky that we were able to get through practice. We had two lightning warnings, but we didn’t have that get off the field, so we were able to finish it. Probably half of it was in a pretty good hard rain. The boys they had it pretty good. At least we got it in, because we can’t afford to be missing practice.”


On Having Budd Thacker And Preston Parker Back This Week:

“It is good to have them back. Both of them have played a lot for us. We are just happy to have them back.”


On Playing A Nationally-Ranked Wake Forest Team For The ACC Opener On Saturday:

“This game will tell us a lot about us. Now, we still will have five starters out. It is going to tell us a lot about our team.”


WR Preston Parker:

On how the offense has been doing the first two games and how he’ll come back:

“They are doing good. They’ve got a lot of tools; I’m just another little extra tool they can use to try to win that ACC. I think they’re going to move me around a lot. Wherever they try to put me at I’m just play and learn it like last year.”


On why he cut his hair:

“I told my mom I was gonna cut hair, and I said I was gonna cut it before I come back before the Wake Forest game. I was going to do it Thursday but I just did it Monday so I could get used to it so I could practice with a helmet. Just a freshman, just a better look so when people just view me instead of seeing dreadlocks and everything else you know that comes with that so I just cut it off so they can just forget about that.”


On how hard he worked during practice on the scout team:

“I knew if I go there and be lazy I’ll just be out of shape and this week I’ll have to work extra hard so I’m going hard like it’s a regular practice and at the same time I was helping defense get a better look so I was killing two birds with one stone.”


DT Budd Thacker:

On having to watch the first two games from the stands:

“It was miserable. We were just sitting there watching. It was kind of one of the worst things I’ve ever gone through in my life, that and the three games for the toe injury. It felt almost the exact same thing just worst because you weren’t hurt. I’m back now so let’s get out there and play football.”


On the first game back against Wake Forest:

“The first game back, got to make a statement. They’re (Wake Forest) a good ball club, got a great O-line. We just got to go out there and play football. We’ve got some stuff to do. We got to go out there and play football. They’re real hard to read. They have real good hands and good foot work and that’s what makes it hard. They disguise their plays really well. They’ve got a great quarterback (Riley Skinner) back there. They try to get underneath you. He (Riley Skinner) don’t sit back there for a while with a ball. He gets rid of it pretty quick so it’s hard to put pressure on him. We’ve just got to make sure we study that film and get after it.”


On how the younger players performed the first two games:

“They’ve done great. They’ve played great football, they’ve gotten after it. They filled in real well. They’ve taken their responsibility to a whole other level and that’s what we needed. They got the experience and I think now they are ready to play some real football.”


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