April 2, 2004 - by
Annual Garnet And Gold Game Saturday At Gene Cox Stadium

April 2, 2004

Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden led his team through a 12-period practice session on the FSU practice fields Friday in preparation for Saturday’s annual Garnet and Gold Spring Game. The game will be played at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee because of the installation of a new irrigation and drainage system that is being installed under the playing field at Doak Campbell Stadium. The team practiced in front of hundreds of local and state high school coaches who are in Tallahassee for the Seminoles’ annual coaching clinic.

The squad practiced for 12 periods in shells (helmets and shoulder pads). The majority of the session centered on fundamental drills with the final two periods finishing with an 11 vs. 11 full contact drill.

Bowden announced that former Seminole All-Americans Deion Sanders, Sammie Smith, Derrick Brooks, Corey Simon, Corey Fuller and Peter Boulware would all speak to the current Seminoles Friday night.

“They are here to give them some advice, which is real good,” said Bowden. “There’s about five or six first rounders in there. They are going to talk to them. They offered to do it. The coaches are not going to be there – it’s just them and the players.

“You are talking about guys who have been successful, Bowden continued. “You are talking about some guys probably that have had some problems and worked the way out of them. That is what life is all about. They are going to give them so good advice.”

Bowden also spoke of the battle between Leroy Smith and Antonio Cromartie for playing time at one of the cornerback positions.

“It’s a good battle and both of them have very good talent,” said Bowden. “Leroy is probably in the lead now because of his experience – he’ll be a senior next year. Whereas Cromartie will be a sophomore. They are very gifted players and we are very fortunate to have them. Nothing helps more than competition and they can sure give each other the competition.”

The annual Garnet and Gold spring football game is played Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gene Cox Stadium adjacent to the fairgrounds in Tallahassee. Admission is free.

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