September 6, 2007 - by
Seminole Football Wrapped Up Preparations For UAB Thursday

Sept. 6, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla.The Seminole football team concluded its short week of preparations for UAB with an 18-period practice Thursday afternoon. FSU did put on shoulder pads but there was very little hitting as the team worked on special teams and then spent the rest of the day practicing versus scout teams. The practice was fast-paced and upbeat.



The following players have been ruled OUT for the UAB game: Mister Alexander (torn ACL left knee), Jamar Jackson (torn ACL right knee), Dumaka Atkins (left knee), Joe Surratt (fractured right fibula), Russell Ball (left shoulder), Matt Dunham (left ankle) and Sean Compton (right hamstring).       




Head Coach Bobby Bowden:

Asked if FSU would simplify the offense

  “No, we can’t afford to simplify, we’ll throw everything at them.  It was very obvious we couldn’t execute everything last week, but each week we should get a little bit better.”


On playing UAB and being from Birmingham

  “I like that, that’s my home.  They’ll be a lot of Alabama people down you know.”


On the importance of a quick start

  “You sure like one, but if you go out there and say we’re going to get a quick start the first thing you know you’re pressing.  You just have to go out and play the best you can play.”


Quarterback Drew Weatherford

 On the receivers at practice this week

  “They’ve worked really hard, they’ve responded.  Coach Fisher really challenged them to step up and make plays this week.  Run all the routes as crisp as possible and to block downfield and they’ve come out and done a good job.”


On the offensive line relaxing

  “It was tough being in a hostile environment and having a lot of young guys on the field, but the most difficult thing was being backed up having bad field position made it really difficult to run the offense like we’d like to and I think it made everyone a little extra nervous.”


On if the offense is clicking better

  “I feel like it’s going to be a lot different.  We were in a tough situation backed up on our own endzone in a hostile environment at Clemson, playing against a very good defense and they put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t execute like we should have.  We’ve come out this week and in the second half and did a good job there and this week we’ve practice really well.”


Defensive End Everette Brown

On second half adjustments against Clemson

  “We definitely can’t spot the other team 21 points.  The biggest adjustment that we made was our focus.  We missed too many tackles in the first half.  The biggest thing was just focus on tackling and stop diving at the man and it’s just the want to, you have to want to tackle.  So we’re definitely going to bring that to UAB from the first snap of the game and not put ourselves in a big hole like we did last time.”

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