March 4, 2002 - by
Florida State Football Opens First Day Of Spring Practice

March 4, 2002

Tallahassee, Fla. – On a bitterly cold day in Tallahassee, the Florida State football team returned to the practice fields for the first time since their 30-17 victory over Virginia Tech in the Toyota Gator Bowl. The 20-period practice consisted primarily of working on fundamentals and learning different assignments. Wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan returned to practice for the first time since their 2001 season ending injuries during fall two-a-day practices.

“I think we practiced about as well as we could on a first day,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “This was the coldest day we have had to practice on in years. After having such a good off-season program, the coaches really had the guys organized going out there today. What really surprised me today was how well we threw and caught the ball, that was something I wasn’t expecting. It was good to see Robert (Morgan) and Anquan (Boldin) back out there again. We will still have to keep them out of contact drills. All the guys seemed to be really enthusiastic today, but today was one of those days where it wasn’t that hard to be excited. It is usually the hot days that you have to help keep up the enthusiasm.”

Skeleton drills highlighted today’s practice with sophomore defensive back Kyler Hall recording an interception and senior corner Stanford Samuels breaking up a pass from the hands of Craphonso Thorpe.

The Seminoles will practice again on Wednesday and Thursday before the team breaks for Spring Break next week.

Florida State will conclude spring practice with the annual Garnet & Gold spring game on April 6th at 2:00 p.m.

Injury report: LB Robert May – very mild right ankle sprain and MCL sprain.

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