March 28, 2008
Spring Practice Central
Tallahassee, FL – The sidelines of Friday’s Florida State football’s Friday practice were packed with high school coaches as the Seminoles held a 20-period practice during coaching clinic. The team was only in shells but there was plenty of hitting with large audiences gathered around every drill.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneer and one of FSU’s all-time greats Derrick Brooks was out at practice after addressing the crowd at the coach’s clinic.
- Practice began with punting and then the squad broke into position groups. The entire team then came together for 3-on-3.
- In 1-on-1 Greg Carr had three catches, one of which went for a touchdown. Dionte Allen broke up a pass, Ochuko Jenije picked off a pass and Tony Carter locked down receivers so completely on two routes that the QB’s didn’t even attempt to make a throw.
- Pass rush was especially spirited despite the fact the players were just in shells. Helmets were being knocked off on almost every play. The offensive linemen had a great drill. Evan Bellamy, Ryan McMahon, Will Furlong and Daron Rose all won multiple match-ups. Rodney Hudson and Antwane Greenlee also picked up wins. For the defense Budd Thacker, Justin Mincey and Emmanuel Dunbar won a couple battles each while Benjamin Lampkin, Everette Brown and Paul Griffin also picked up wins.
- Skeleton was run in down and distance and Bert Reed put on a show. The redshirt freshman caught three passes from Christian Ponder. One was a juggling catch with Allen draped on his back and another was a one-handed stab on a ball thrown high and behind him. D’Vontrey Richardson threw a deep TD pass to Taiwan Easterling. For the defense Korey Mangum had a break up, Jamie Robinson had a big hit to dislodge a caught ball and Marcus Ball had a huge hit to break up another catch.
- In short yardage Darius McClure had a tackle for loss, Myron Rolle broke up a pass, Vince Williams had a sack and Dekoda Watson had two. For the offense Antone Smith, Marcus Sims, Richardson and Ponder all had first down runs. Rod Owens had a leaping catch on the sideline and Reed broke a huge play with some great moves after a short catch.
- In red zone drills Brown had two sacks, Williams had a QB pressure and Jamie Robinson broke up another pass. Ponder connected with Easterling and also hit Reed who had another nice run after the catch. Richardson connected with Owens and then hit Caz Piurowski on a TD. Easterling also had a leaping catch in this drill.
Wide Receiver Rod Owens
“I’m working on the little things, really listening to the coaches and trying to do exactly what they want us to do. I’m just taking it one play at a time and trying to do what you have to do. I just look at practice and try to take it one day at a time and trying to learn everything. I am taking the spring like I am a rookie and I have to start all over again; like I have to prove myself back to the coaches again.
“Right now my goal is to compete day in and day out and try to be consistent just like the coaches have told me to do. I’m happy but I’m just trying to have a level head, keep working and still try to get better at what I do.”
Linebacker Aaron Gresham
“The speed of it (the game) once you go to this level, I think even the twos are good enough athletes that the speed of the game doesn’t really change from ones and two. Everybody is a great athlete out here. I just feel really fortunate that they are letting me take reps with the ones to see how well I can do.
“Pass coverage (is the difference) for me. In high school I learned how to drop back but I never really did do it a whole lot, I just went forward all the time – covering runs. In our league where I played there was not a whole lot of passing we had to contain.
“Coach Amato is a great coach. He has helped me a lot. He really knows football. The knowledge that he has been able to give me and the rest of the linebackers is just awesome. We have Nigel (Bradham) and Vince (Williams) coming in here and they are really picking it up. I think we are going to have a strong linebacker corps next year du to coach Amato.”