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More Help On The Way As Sims And Griffin Set To Return Versus Miami
The running game was on everybody's mind following Wednesday's practice.

The running game was on everybody's mind following Wednesday's practice.

Oct. 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – With a full compliment of players available, FSU will head down to Miami Friday and try to upset the Hurricanes in Dolphin Stadium. The Seminoles last played in Dolphin Stadium in 2006 when they lost to Penn State. Florida State has actually lost its last three games played in the NFL home of the Miami Dolphins. FSU will have on more day to prepare for the Canes before boarding a plane on Friday.

 

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

·          After focusing on work versus Miami scout teams, the squad broke up for pass rush and 7-on-7.

·          In pass rush Everette Brown, Everett Dawkins, Neefy Moffett, Jeremy Johnson and Paul Griffin all had sacks. Rodney Hudson won a couple battles for the offense while Andrew Datko, Will Furlong, Zebrie Sanders, Antwane Greenlee and Jacob Stanley all got wins.

·          Caz Piurowski had a great practice and it started in 7-on-7 where Christian Ponder found him on two occasions, with one completion going for a long gain. Ponder also connected with Preston Parker. Drew Weatherford had a completion to Corey Surrency and then a deep one to Rod Owens.

·          The drill moved into the red zone where Ja’Baris Little and Piurowski both hauled in TD passes. Jamie Robinson recorded a pick for the D and Dionte Allen broke up a pass.

·          In 11-on-11 Ponder hit Surrency, Jermaine Thomas and Greg Carr on a deep ball. Myron Rolle recovered a fumble while Brown and Markus White had QB pressures.

·          The offense scored a controversial TD in the 1:00 drill. Ponder moved the team down the field despite pressures from White, Ochuko Jenije and Derek Nicholson. A couple passes he just got off before sacks. The biggest was a floater down inside the five to Taiwan Easterling. The next play Neefy Moffett seemed to sack Ponder, which should have ended the drill but the offense got another crack and Ponder capitalized. The sophomore found Carr for the TD.

 

PRACTICE QUOTES

Head Coach Bobby Bowden

 

Opening statement:

“Everything is running pretty smoothly. We had a pretty good practice today. We have our last practice tomorrow and that is when we will go over our game plan. Each week at practice we pick it up.”

 

On Miami’s tight ends:

“Yes they have great tight ends. That has always been a big part of their offense. We just need to be aware of it Saturday.”

 

On Ponder:

“He should improve every week. The main thing he needs is experience. The only way he will get that is in games. We will find out Saturday what he learned this week.”

 

If Ponder succeeds, how his confidence would help:

“It would be a big boost to go into the rest of the season. That is what’s important, the confidence thing.”

 

 On running the entire game:

“We don’t want to give up on running the ball. This is not a game that we can beat them one handed. We have to mix it. Both teams will have to mix it. We will find out what we have been playing and go from there.”

 

Running Back Antone Smith:

On his offensive line’s success against Colorado:

“They played with a lot of heart out there. They had great blocks.  They were making sure they had their assignments right.”

 

On his offense line progressing:

“You have coach Trickett behind them everyday going after them. They know not to mess up.  They know everything that they have to do.”

 

On going back home to play in Miami:

“It feels good. I have a lot of people wanting to come out to the game. It is going to be great to see people I haven’t seen in a long time.”

 

On what his offense needs to do against Miami:

“We need to play as a team. We need to be error proof and keep the ball under control.”

 

Defensive Tackles Coach Odell Haggins:

On his defensive line progressing:

“We need to play fundamental football. Miami has a very good offensive line. We need to play hard, play low and use our hands.”

 

On what Paul Griffin brings:

“Paul brings depth. He is strong, quick and can run.”

 

On playing Miami:

“It is going to be a great game. I have a lot of respect for Miami. Being a former player and coach, it is going to be fun. When you play Miami, you better be ready.”

 

RB Marcus Sims

On playing in his first game in nearly a year

“It’s exciting to get back out there, it’s been almost a year and it is just exciting to get back out there and be playing again.”

 

On how tough it was to be out

“I’ve just got to get back in the groove of things and it just takes a little while.  You have to get back healthy and in shape again and once you get there you have to keep rolling with it.”

 

On his first game back

“I just feel like I am going to go our there and keep doing what I have been doing before I got injured and go out there and do the best that I can and that’s all I really can do.”

 

LB Dekoda Watson

On the Miami rivalry

“My freshman year I didn’t know how intense it was until I got here and to be by the line and [the swearing] it was crazy.  It’s something I really enjoy playing them is more special because it’s a great feeling when you win games like that.  We’re just trying to get better and go out and play a great game.”

 

On Miami’s offense

“We need to play our assignments, there offensive line is bigger, stronger and a lot faster and they have a good running back. He’s doing a great job and he’s one of the best in the ACC.”

 

DT Paul Griffin

On preparing to play

“It feels great to be in preparation all week long.  We just need to go out there on Saturday and play well.  We’ve been pumped up all week long and we’re looking forward to going out there and playing hard.”

 

On playing Miami his first game back

“I’m looking forward to it.  It’s my first game back and I’m treating it like the first game of the season and I am just looking forward to going out there and playing the whole game.”

 

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