August 9, 2005 - by
Football Team Holds First Fall Practice

Aug. 9, 2005

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The No. 12 Florida State Seminoles held their first day of fall practice Tuesday afternoon in Tallahassee. The team worked out for 20 periods in shorts. Head coach Bobby Bowden announced the team’s motto for 2005: MAGIC, which is an acronym for Make a greater individual contribution. The battle for the starting quarterback job got underway with Xavier Lee taking the majority of the snaps with the first team offense. Drew Weatherford will work with the first team on Wednesday. They two redshirt freshmen will both see equal time with the No. 1 offense throughout preseason drills according to Bowden. Former Seminole Corey Simon observed most of the day’s workout as did preseason All-American cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The team will return to practice Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. for a 24-period session in shorts. The first day of full pads is scheduled for Saturday morning.


(on the first day and the quarterbacks)

“They moved around good and naturally I spent most of my time watching the quarterbacks. What I expect to see out of them is you have to see improvement everyday. The main thing I told the coaches to be sure to do is get them both equal reps. We’ll try to work them equally and just see what happens. That’s all we can do.”

(team assessment)

“It’s a talented football team, a little inexperienced in certain areas. Thank goodness there is some talent out there.”

(on adrenaline flowing for first day of practice)

“I got old adrenaline trying it’s best to churn. I can’t tell a difference right now from 50 years ago when I started. It’s still there, still burning. If it ever stops, I’m through.”

(on Brodrick Bunkley)

“Bunkley is not out here yet and will be back when I feel like he’s done what he’s got to do. I’m hoping he gets it wrapped up as soon as possible.”


RB Lorenzo Booker

(on first day of practice)

“It felt good just to get back out here. In the summer you are preparing for the season, preparing for Miami. Now you really feel like it because the coaches are out here and you are putting in the plays. A few people were a little rusty including myself, but all that will be taken care of when we get through two-a-days.”

OG Matt Meinrod

(on getting back on the field)

“It felt great. I had 11 months off and finally got to at least put on a helmet. I’m not complaining. I thought I did good with my assignments and I thought my teammates did too.”

(on how the knee felt)

“The knee feels good and I shouldn’t have any problems with it. I’m not worried about it at all. I’ve been lifting weights since January and doing conditioning over the spring and summer so I’ve had plenty of strain on it. The only thing I haven’t done is taken a hit. We’ll find out when we put on the pads.”

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