August 31, 2004 - by
Tuesday’s Football Practice Report

Aug. 31, 2004

The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles spent less than 30 minutes on the practice fields Tuesday afternoon before rain and lightning forced them indoors. The offense then worked in Tully Gym while the defense held meetings. As it looked like the skies had cleared, the defense returned to the practice fields again before another lightning bolt sent them back inside for the remainder of the day. The Seminoles will try to get a full practice in Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


(on playing Miami)

“I think Miami changed some things in the bowl game from what they did in the regular season. We are not doing anything that is uncustomary from any team, any offense or any defense. You grow so we are trying to make a few changes. I don’t think we are doing anything different. I met with the offense today and explained to them today that we are an I-formation team and we are always going to be an I-formation team. We might be lining it up a little different but that’s what we are and that’s what we always have been. We have sprinkled in some three receiver sets and some four receiver sets. Miami has not made us do it but time has.”

(on the decision to run versus pass)

“This is my fifth game with them and it seems that every other game we spread it out and just turn the ball all over the field. Then those odd games we have stayed in there with the run and kept ourselves in there with the opportunity to win the game. I am still putting my thoughts together. I would not feel uncomfortable at all if we were to go out there and throw the ball around with Chris (Rix). His decision making right now has been as good as its ever been. We are going to do whatever we can.”


DT Brodrick Bunkley

(on playing against Miami)

“Basically we are studying Miami’s offense. We are going to try and stop every play they run at us. It’s the first game which is crazy because you don’t see what they have been running in the previous games. We are just going to go in there and see what we can do to stop their offense.”

(on losing five straight to Miami)

“It really hurts. At the Orange Bowl, to think at the end of the game that we lost to them again, that’s when it really set in. Every time before we go to play them we try to use it as a motivational tool to try and get up. It doesn’t affect us during the game. We are focused on winning and trying to do the best you can to win.”

WR Dominic Robinson

(on the wide receivers’ mindset during the Miami game)

“In the heat of the battle, and us being the competitors that we are, especially being a receiver we are extremely competitive. We get pretty mad. We feel like we should have the ball every play. We want it thrown 50 times a game and however many times we have thrown it against Miami is not enough, in our eyes. We want the ball and we feel like we can get the job done. But at the same time, we have been close to some wins. It totally makes sense though, especially in the game down there when Greg Jones ripped them up, we were fine with that approach. We were driving, we were having no problem moving the ball and we were throwing a just enough to keep them off balance and we understood.”

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