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Seminoles Take One Last Look Back At Western Carolina Monday Night
The Seminole defense smothered Western Carolina and recorded the first shutout since 2006.

The Seminole defense smothered Western Carolina and recorded the first shutout since 2006.

Sept. 8, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – Despite recording the most lopsided win in program history in the season-opener versus Western Carolina Saturday, the FSU coaches still found plenty of things to correct during the late Monday practice. The Seminoles worked for 10 periods in shorts as they focused on cleaning up mistakes from Saturday before their turn their full attention to Chattanooga beginning Tuesday.

 

PRACTICE QUOTES

RB Jermaine Thomas:

On playing in his first collegiate game against Western Carolina:

“It was wonderful man. My first time out there was very exciting to hear the crowd, look at the lights, the fans. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I was just excited, a lot of adrenalin pumping and just ready to go out there and have fun with my teammates.

 

On his relationship with Nigel Carr:

“We always congratulate each other when we do good things. When we do bad things we try to encourage each other to keep our head up and keep on. He was like congratulations (after he scored his touchdown), good job man, keep it up man, get in there again. Got in there again and he was just really happy for me.”

 

On his expectation of his first game:

“Well I just wanted to get my chance, my shot. When I got in there I did very well. I didn’t think I was going to go twice but when the ball it just happened.”

 

On what he plans to do against Chattanooga:

“I just want to keep working and just impress my coaches and help my teammates. I just want to go out there and contribute to the team, just help the team whether it is blocking, running, scoring, just go out there and stay focused.”

 

DT Mosey McCray:

On the nerves of playing his first collegiate game last Saturday:

“I was really nervous before and it continued throughout the first part of the game. After a while I finally calmed down a little bit, and the game started to flow. I come from a very successful high school program (Tampa,Fla./Hillsborough HS), where they ran it like a college program. So I had an idea of what to expect coming on with big crowds and faster players, but I had to get the nerves calmed down.”

 

On his welcome to college moment against Western Carolina:

“I didn’t really have one other than just realizing that I was playing college football in front of so many people on a bigger stage. Once I got my feet into the action, I was able to get more comfortable in my assignments.”

 

On the learning curve between high school and college football games:

“It wasn’t as steep as some others on the team because my high school was run at a high level like we do here. Me and my teammates are going to continue to learn things on the fly for the rest of the year.”

 

His critique of the team’s defensive performance against Western Carolina:

“We played pretty good, but there is a lot of room for improvement. We have got to continue to work on our technique and on staying low and coming off the blocks well.”

 


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