Dec. 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This final week of practices in Tallahassee for the 2008 season got underway this morning. The Seminoles are slated for a two-a-day today and both practices are scheduled to be 18 periods. This morning’s session was in full pads while this afternoon is going to be in shells and will emphasize the passing game.
· Florida State practiced for 18 periods in full pads on the practice fields.
· During pass rush Rodney Hudson won three battles and Ryan McMahon got two wins. Single winners included Brandon Davis, Rhonne Sanderson, Antwane Greenlee, David Spurlock and Andrew Datko. Justin Mincey had a great drill getting to the QB three times. Single sacks were recorded by Markus White, Everette Brown, Moses McCray and Neefy Moffett.
· Terrance Parks and Michael Ray Garvin each had pass break-ups.
· Givens and Richardson turned in long gains on the ground in 11-on-11. Drew Weatherford completed a pass to Jarmon Fortson. For the defense Paul Griffin had a TFL and both Moffett and Budd Thacker had QB pressures.
· Practice ended with goal line where the offense went 3-for-4. Ponder and Jermaine Thomas each ran in TD’s from three yards out and the offense also scored from the one on a fullback dive. The biggest play was Derek Nicholson’s huge hit on another run from the one deep in the backfield.
Head coach Bobby Bowden
“We went full pads today. We will go again this afternoon with shells. It was a pretty good practice.”
On the receivers:
“Taiwan Easterling worked good today. He didn’t look hurt. Preston Parker didn’t practice. He is just working on his own trying to get ready.”
Quarterback Christian Ponder:
On the upcoming game:
“Our number one goal is to score a touchdown in every possession. We need to take advantage of all our opportunities.”
“We have worked really hard. We have two-a-days. We have a couple weeks of tough work. It’s the only way to get better. We have to go through a little adversity and hard work to get better. “
If he put Florida behind him quickly:
“I think so. I think it’s a game you have to forget about pretty quickly. I had the right mind set as well as the rest of the guys coming into the start of practice. We are coming out to get better. We are facing a good team so we are going to have to work hard in order to beat them.”
On seniors finishing off their last season with a win:
“It is very important. It is pretty much all on my shoulders. I need to put my team in the best position to win. I need these seniors to go out on top. It is very important to get a win for these seniors. “
Linebacker Derek Nicholson:
“They have a great line to run behind. We have our work cut out for us. We are looking forward to it.”
On stopping their running game:
“They want to keep us off balance. They will probably establish their running game and run. They will give us some challenges on the offensive end. We need to go out their and execute.”
On finishing his career on a high note:
“Yes. You always want to leave off with a win and play against a quality opponent. This is the game you will always remember for the rest of your life as your last collegiate football game.”
RB Antone Smith
On the team’s attitude
“We’re definitely not where we wanted to be with an 8-4 record, but we’ll take it, it’s better than last year. It’s something to improve on for the guys next year coming up to get us where we need to be here at Florida State.”
On finishing his career on a high note
“It’s very important, I’m just going to go out there and approach [the game] like I approach every other game. I’m going to work hard in practice and hopefully it will carry over to the playing field, that’s my goal going into this game. I want to go out there and compete to the best of my ability and help my team win.”
“They’re not really tricky, they just try to run down the field and pound the ball. The thing we worry about is making the tackles, keeping them in front of us and try to stop the run because that’s the strength of their offense.”
On staying alert as a corner
“They run, run, run and then they try to play-action pass and that stops the pass rush because they’re running a lot. We can’t get lazy. We have to stay focused because if we aren’t focused they could hurt us with a play-action pass.”