August 3, 2002 - by
Florida State Begins Two-a-Day Practices In Preparation For Earliest Season Opener In School History

Aug. 3, 2002

The fourth-ranked Florida State football team completed its first day of two-a-day practices Saturday as Head Coach Bobby Bowden directed the Seminoles through a 24-period morning session and an 18-period afternoon session in shorts on the FSU practice fields. The entire squad, practicing together for the first time this summer, went through skill and position drills and pass skeleton and defense drills during both sessions.

“One of the biggest liabilities we have here is weather,” said Bowden following the afternoon session. “A lot of rain, rain, rain, rain and the field gets soggy and then of course, you have to miss practice. We were mighty lucky today, because it (a rain storm) was sitting right back over there but it went just south of us. We got in everything we planned to do the first day.”

“We had some skeleton drills out there with the offense throwing against the defense and we got some good work there,” said Bowden. “It was kind of ragged which is typical for the first day.”

Bowden singled out the play of cornerback Bryant McFadden and linebacker Michael Boulware who came up with interceptions during skeleton drills. In addition to McFadden and Boulware, defensive back Kyler Hall and cornerback Rufus Brown were also credited with interceptions during the afternoon session.

“You wish everyday would be like today,” said Bowden after the morning session. “They all feel pretty good today it being the first practice. Everybody is in pretty good shape and fresh. The more you practice the tougher it gets. I thought it was a pretty good first practice. We got into a lot of stuff right off the bat and they responded pretty good.

Bowden also announced two position changes as practice began. Sophomore Dominic Robinson, last year’s leading punt returner for the Seminoles, has been moved to the wide receiver position. In addition, senior O.J. Jackson has been moved from nose guard to tight end.

“I told Jeffrey (Bowden, offensive coordinator), and Mickey (Andrews, defensive coordinator) felt the same way — that he’s (Robinson) better with a ball under his arm,” said Bowden. “He plays better with a ball under his arm and he doesn’t touch it that much on defense. I got that idea from watching him return punts – he’s kind of a natural.”

“We moved O.J. to tight end because we are really lacking enough people there,” Bowden continued. “We want to use more tight end stuff so we moved him there. You would like to have four tight ends if you can get them.”

Bowden also mentioned two of the nation’s top receivers who returned to the field for the first time since both being injured during pre-season practice last year, Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan.

“I couldn’t tell (Anquan) was ever hurt and Robert Morgan surprised me,” he said. “He looked kind of like the old Robert. They (the trainers) felt good about Anquan all the way and Robert has made the same kind of progress. Robert had a more severe injury that involved more ligaments where as Anquan’s didn’t.”

Both Boldin and Morgan practiced in the morning session. Boldin practiced while Morgan was held out and completed conditioning drills during the afternoon session.

Bowden will host the senior class for dinner at his home this evening. Sunday’s activities call for media day in the morning and the annual Fan Day festivities beginning at 2 p.m. at the Leon County Civic Center.

INJURIES: Walk-on wide receiver Greg Moore suffered a partial tear of the Achilles’ tendon in his right foot. The team doctors will evaluate his status.

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