Aug. 26, 2008
Tallahassee, FL – First there was rain, then there was tropical storm Fay and on Tuesday there was lightning. The Seminole football team attempted to take the field but lightning delayed that play. The squad finally was able to go outdoors but after about 15 minutes on the turf field another lightning delay forced the team indoors. The offense went over to Tully Gymnasium to work while the defense came back to the University Center to meet. The two units then flipped locations.
Defensive end Everette Brown was named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award.
Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher:
On the offense’s struggles at Monday’s scrimmage:
“Had a couple drops and we missed one or two throws. But we haven’t been outside throwing since last Thursday and Friday was a rain day and Saturday and Sunday we didn’t practice. Monday we we’re not warmed up but 10 minutes. Kind of what I thought would happen with young guys. We’ve been making a lot of progress in the passing game, now the more time you miss the more time that’s going to be harder to make up. That’s rhythm and timing that I thought we were really far along; farther along than we were last year by far. Got to get back outside and get back to it.”
On how Antone Smith has been so successful in the preseason:
“I think we’re blocking pretty good up front and I think he’s really bought in and understands what we’re trying to do. I think he had a great off-season, I think he loosened himself up and did some really good things. Sometimes that senior year, all of a sudden they just get it in when they’re seniors it’s amazing sometimes. I think it’s a combination of everything. Antone is working his tail off, he’s a great guy and we’ve got to keep progressing to get him better and better.”
Running backs coach Dexter Carter
On how Tavares Pressley did for the first time in pads at Monday’s scrimmage:
“Tavares’ first day out was pretty typical of a guy’s first day out. From an assignment perspective and you saw glimpses of what we saw to get him here: his athletic ability. You saw that so we’re glad we have him here, but we’ve got to do a quick study of knowing what to do, when to do it, how to do it. We’ve got a sense of urgency because he’s got to cram like he’s cramming for a test. That’s a lot thrown at him right now, but the teacher’s got to do a heck of a job to get him ready.”
On what’s different about Antone Smith this year:
“I think having the opportunity to have a second year with the new coach has really helped…
“Antone did a great job taking advantage of his off-season. He’s worked out during the off-season every year but this year, I had a chance to coach him last year and had heard a lot about, I was looking for him to do a lot of things he didn’t do. The ability to make people miss, when you’re an undersized running back you’ve got to do a lot of things to take advantage of your ability. The speed and the ability to make people miss wasn’t quite there last year. During the off-season we talked about what he needed to work on and one of it was his hip flexibility because he’s so strong, he’s somewhat sort of stiff. So he had to work on flexibility, stretching exercises and we did more speed development drills.”