March 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As will be the case throughout the spring, the Florida State football team held an early morning Tuesday practice. The squad hit the Doak Campbell Stadium turf at 7:20 a.m. and spent 28 periods in shorts. After two days getting acclimated, the pads will come out tomorrow as the team is expected to practice in shells on Wednesday.
Head Coach Bobby Bowden
"We had to go in the a.m. because the class schedule is pretty well full this afternoon. Tomorrow we will go at the regular time. Again we are making progress. I saw a little bit, I thought we executed a little bit better today than we did yesterday. I see some good things happening but again you are looking at potential. You are looking at potential. Potential means you haven't done it yet but at least it is potential. It would be a shame to look out there and not see any potential."
On how they will handle the injury to Manuel:
"He (Christian Ponder) is getting most of (the reps) but some of those others kids aren't doing bad. Thank goodness cause (Ponder) can't throw all day long. He'll get a sore arm. Some of those other kids will be able to help us in our drills and things."
Running back Jermaine Thomas
On his goals for this spring as he competes for the starting job:
"I know I have a bigger role this year and I have some big shoes to fill. I want to be a leader in this group basically how Antone (Smith) was. He helped us so much last year. I want to do the same. Also I want to keep getting better because I still have a lot to learn."
On how helpful it was to get significant playing time in 2008:
"That was huge. I know what it is like to be on the field, around the crowd and the speed of the game. None of that will catch me by surprise this year. I feel more comfortable and relaxed."
Linebacker Nigel Carr
On his opportunity this spring:
"Whooo! That is what I have been waiting for this whole time to get the opportunity to play."
On competing for a significant role in 2009:
"I had three linebackers in front of me last year so I knew it would be tough to get playing time. This year it is just me and Dekoda (Watson). I am just going to try and show the coaches I can play."