August 17, 2005 - by
Wednesday’s Football Practice Report

Aug. 17, 2005

The Seminoles held their first full scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday evening on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. The defense kept the offense off the scoreboard during the regular scrimmage as senior linebacker A.J. Nicholson set the tone with seven tackles, including five for loss. Anthony Houllis was the second-leading tackles with six stops and one tackle for loss. The FSU offense had success running the ball as Leon Washington ran seven times for 27 yards and Lorenzo Booker rushed three times for 20 yards. Drew Weatherford was the top passer, completing 12-of-20 passes for 90 yards.

The team held a kicking scrimmage in shells Wednesday morning and Gary Cismesia took all nine field goal attempts, hitting on five of those. In the evening scrimmage, Cismesia was 0-for-2 and Graham Gano was 0-for-1.

There will be one practice on Thursday which will is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.


(on the scrimmage)

“I thought that the defense played better than I thought they would. I thought they would not be quite that physical. They are so quick we can hardly block them. Offensively, it looks like our running game is way ahead of our passing game. You can see why we need to scrimmage. We have people open and we miss them badly. I think that is typical of our first scrimmage. The next one we have to come out and see if we can’t improve on that. We were pretty decent as long as we were running the ball, but once we started throwing a lot of times it was a wasted down. We will look at that real hard and try to get that corrected. ”

(on three missed field goals in the evening scrimmage)

“We missed three field goals. (Gary) Cismesia missed two and we put the other kid in there and he missed his. We just have to practice, practice, practice until they are automatic. Neither one of them were long field goals. Boy, we have some work to do there. It was one of those days in that regard.”

(on how the defense played inside)

“The offense didn’t test them dead ahead like I was hoping they would. I would like to have run a little more at those tackles to see how they hold up in there. There is something I noticed about the young tackles we have. We have four freshmen in there if you count redshirts. The thing that I have noticed is that they have some ability. They don’t have the experience but the kids can move. I thought that was obvious today. The good thing was that they played pretty well today. The pass rush was good again. At the scrimmage you can see things that we have to work on and that is what we will do.”

(on the quarterbacks)

“The quarterbacks looked like they were just throwing the ball today and not passing it. They had guys out there and they would just throw it. We have to look at that thing. We need to get them sitting on there throws and driving that ball in there. It was not happening today. Maybe it was that first scrimmage.”


Linebacker A.J. Nicholson

(on the defensive line)

“That’s what we expect here at Florida State. We needed somebody to step up and they did. We look forward to them getting better and creating a new line of scrimmage.”

(on recording five tackles for loss)

“I’ll take that every game.”

(on the linebackers taking ownership of the defense)

“We think that every time we get on the field. We don’t care who’s down there or who’s behind us. We believe that if we get our intensity up, everybody will follow. That holds true and you see it out there.”

Quarterback Drew Weatherford

(on the offense in the scrimmage)

“I think there were a lot more positive things. Our running game was really good. A lot of things were open, we just have to put it together. One time the offense line will block great and we’ll make an error or we’ll make the right read and the protection would break down.”

(on the defense)

“They’re great year in and year out. I don’t ever remember them having a down year. The look like the Florida State defense always does. Playing against them is only going to make us better.”


Passing Leaders

Drew Weatheford (12-20, 90 yards)

Xavier Lee (2-17, -1 yard)

Receiving Leaders

Greg Carr (1-32 yards)

Rod Owens (2-19 yards)

Kenny O'Neal (2-15 yards)

Rushing Leaders

Leon Washington (7-27 yards)

Lorenzo Booker (3-20 yards)

Antone Smith (3-14 yards)

Defensive Leaders

A.J. Nicholson (7 tackles, 5 TFL)

Anthony Houllis (6 tackles, 1 TFL)

Jae Thaxton (5 tackles, 1 TFL)

Roger Williams (5 tackles, 1 TFL)

Alex Boston (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL)

Kamerion Wimbley (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL)

Field Goals
Gary Cismesia (37 miss, 37 miss)

Graham Gano (38 miss)

*In the a.m. kicking scrimmage, Cismesia was 5-of-9 (2-3 from 32, 2-3 from 37, 1-3, 42).


Offense was 2-of-8 with touchdowns from Antone Smith and Lamar Lewis from 3 yards out.

Related Articles