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Pre-Season Continues To Roll On As FSU Practices For 24 Periods

Aug. 20, 2008

Tallahassee, FLWith just three more days left in pre-season, the Seminole football team completed a 24-period practice in pads Wednesday morning. Thursday will be the third and final two-a-day and after a Friday night practice, the pre-season will end with a closed scrimmage Saturday. Fans can get up close and personal with the Seminole football team this Friday at the 2008 Kick-Off Luncheon.





·         E.J. Manuel connected with Louis Givens and Antone Smith. Jamie Robinson, Myron Rolle and Dekoda Watson broke up passes and Vince Williams had a big hit.


Oklahoma (3-on-3)

·         Pat Davis had a nice run through the gauntlet and Carlton Jones broke an Everette Brown tackle to get through. Kendrick Stewart, Emmanuel Dunbar, Budd Thacker and Benjamin Lampkin had tackles at the first level. Kendall Smith, Recardo Wright, Nigel Bradham and Dekoda Watson had stops as did Rolle.



·         Smith had three big runs and Sims had a couple as well. Derek Nicholson had two tackles for loss and Rolle, Stewart and Brown also made stops behind the line. Nigel Carr had a nice stop and Kendall Smith, Stewart and Kevin McNeil all had fumble recoveries.


Pass Rush

·         Rodney Hudson, Rhonne Sanderson and A.J. Ganguzza all won two battles and Brandon Davis and Zebrie Sanders also won match-ups. For the defense McNeil, Stewart, Moses McCray and Emmanuel Dunbar had multiple sacks. Brown, Everett Dawkins and Markus White also got to the QB.



·         Terrance Parks, Ochuko Jenije and A.J. Alexander. Weatherford completed deep passes to Corey Surrency and Greg Carr as well as completions to Parker and Jarmon Fortson. Richardson found Fortson as well on top of Parker and Timothy Orange.



·         The highlight of the drill was Weatherford’s deep TD pass to Carr on a great double move by the senior receiver. Weatherford also had completions to Parker and a couple to Fortson. Richardson connected with Fortson and Piurowski. The only break-up was recorded by Jenije.


7-on-7 Red Zone

·         Derek Nicholson and Roosevelt Lawson recorded pass break-ups. Weatherford hooked-up on a TD with Parker from the 20 yard line and also had TD strikes to Piurowski and Carr. Richardson had a TD pass to Jones and Louis Givens made a diving TD catch on a Richardson throw.



·         Richardson hit Bert Reed deep and also completed passes to Fortson and Carr. Weatherford and Parker connected on a TD down the seam and also had a deep connection as well. Weatherford’s other two completions went to Surrency. The second Surrency catch finished with the big receiver pushing a DB off of him with one arm. Defensively Darius McClure had a big hit on Sims, Michael Ray Garvin broke up a pass and Brown, Watson and Dawkins all had sacks.


Goal Line

·         The first play was run from the three and a bad pitch out ended that scoring chance. Nicholson took it upon himself to blow up the next play as he met Joe Surratt in the hole and kept the fullback from scoring. Sims finished th practice with TD runs from the three and the one.




Head Coach Bobby Bowden

Opening statement:

“I think our offensive line in coming around.  Nobody is where we want them to be yet.  It seems like our offensive line is doing better than I thought with all of our inexperience in there.  The pass protection has been better than I thought.  Today we had a short yardage scrimmage and I thought the offense did a pretty good job on that instead of getting stuck.  They were getting their short yardage pretty decently. 


“It seems like our secondary is playing better; seems like their coverage is better.  A guy that had a good day was (Corey) Surrency.  He made several great catches and some excellent runs after the catch.  I think some of our catching has probably been the highlight of our drills so far.  Catching has been pretty good.  The quarterbacks are coming.  They’re coming.  They are making some strides.  They are doing some things right now that I don’t think they were able to do a year ago.  That does not mean anybody has accomplished but they are making strides and that is the only thing we can ask for right now.” 


Which players are getting most of the repetitions at running back?

“We worked (Marcus) Simms there some to give us a third made.  No. 30 (Pat Davis), a walk-on, gives us a pretty good look in there and of course (Tavares) Pressley is back now but he’s having to learn – he’s watching a lot.  He has to go through the acclimation which means two days shorts, two days shells then full pads.  Tomorrow he’ll be able to go in shells and get a little contact.” 


Have you been impressed with Marcus Sims?

“He’s running better than he did a year ago.  He’s running better with more authority than he had a year ago.  He’s bigger than you realize; he’s 232 pounds   He don’t look that big but he’s big.” 


Are you glad Tavares Pressley is finally in camp?

“Yea sure I am.  We have a ball game in two and a half weeks.  We have to get these guys in playing shape.  Anybody we sign we thinks is good enough to help us.  I’ve got to see him do it.”


On the approaching storm – might Saturday’s scrimmage be changed?

“I’m not sure.  I sure hope we can do it.  We’re not pressed so much for time.  I would think we would probably do it Monday.”


On Corey Surrency – does he remind you of Javon Walker?

“The styles are entirely different.  But the effect could be the same.  Wide receiver and running backs – running back I think is the easiest position to learn because that’s natural ability.  You can’t teach a kid to run – he can either run or he can’t run.  Receiver is very much the same thing except they have to learn the routes.  They do have the best chance of playing early.  They do in my opinion have the best chance of playing early as a receiver and a running back.”


Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher:

On what he looked at in Tavares Pressley:

“One thing, if you watch, he (Tavares Pressley) had good balance first of all, he had the ability to run with power and was very physical. He’s body quick and made them miss. The other thing I love is he had good hands. But then the other thing is to bring back a lot of long touchdowns in a good junior college league, guys that could run. I was very pleased about everything he had.”


On when he would like to have a quarterback named:

“You would like to have it relatively quick with some things, but again let’s see who separates. If they don’t, then we’ll have to go from there and make a decision on what we have to do.”


DT Budd Thacker:

On having Everett Dawkins being moved to DT:

“Well, getting Everett over there is going to be a lot of help because we need some depth there. Getting him over there, he’s still got a lot to learn but he’s got good feet and good hands. I’m looking forward to watching him play.”


On how the freshmen are learning:
”Well they are just naturally talented. They have good hips, good feet, good hands. It just comes naturally talented to come in and compete and that’s what we need. We need to guys to be able to compete and get things done.”


On Jeremy Jonson also known as the “Mini-Bar”:

“He’s like the little Rudy at Florida State. I’m hoping we can get him up on one of these teams in the beginning. I’m gonna beg (defensive line coach) Odell (Haggins) to let him get in one little play. He’s like a little bowling ball rolling around the field.”


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