Dec. 13, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Saturday was a big day for the Seminole football team as thirteen members of the squad attended graduation ceremonies in anticipation of completing their undergraduate degrees. Ten of the 13 players that walked on Saturday were scholarship athletes. Tonight the team will gather at 6:00 p.m. for the annual football awards dinner. Sandwiched between both of those events the team practiced for 18 periods in uppers on the practice fields.
PLAYERS WHO WERE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION CEREMONIES
· Everette Brown*, Pat Davis, Josh Dobbie, Graham Gano*, Michael Ray Garvin*, Benjamin Lampkin*, Roosevelt Lawson*, Darius McClure*, Neefy Moffett*, Derek Nicholson*, Toddrick Verdell*, Chase Walker, Drew Weatherford* (*= scholarship athlete)
· Florida State practiced for 18 periods in uppers on the practice fields.
· Before moving into 7-on-7 and pass rush the squad worked versus scout teams, ran inside drills and 1-on-1.
· In 7-on-7, Jamie Robinson picked off a pass and Tony Carter and Ochuko Jenije broke up passes. Christian Ponder recorded deep TD passes to Greg Carr and Bert Reed on top of completions to Rod Owens and Cameron Wade. D'Vontrey Richardson connected with Taiwan Easterling and twice to Owens. He also found Jarmon Fortson on two occasions, one of which was a deep pass for six.
· In pass rush Moses McCray and Markus White each got to the QB twice. Kendrick Stewart, Paul Griffin and Budd Thacker got a sack each. On the other side Zebrie Sanders won a couple battles. Joe Tonga, Rhonne Sanderson and Brandon Davis each got a win as well.
· Practice ended with 11-on-11. The defense had a nice drill. Jamie Robinson nearly had a second INT and A.J. Alexander also broke up a pass. Justin Mincey had a QB pressure. Korey Mangum and Stewart both had tackles for a loss. Stewart's was way in the backfield. Antone Smith had a nice run while Ponder connected with Owens and Carr.
Head coach Bobby Bowden
On playing Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl:
"They remind me of Boston College; they are physical and big. The big difference is that their tailback is a monster about 240 pounds. I think he has gained over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. The fullback's about 260, so they are just massive, massive offensively. Defensively, they are about the size as we are."
On whether Florida State will be better suited to play Wisconsin after facing a similar team like Boston College:
"We sure hope so; they (Boston College) took that last drive against us and kept it for nine minutes. Boy, they kept us from getting a chance to get back in the game. You gotta get the ball away from them some how. They (Wisconsin) will really pound it if they can. They can throw and catch pretty good too."
Junior linebacker Dekoda Watson
On what they have seen from Wisconsin so far this year:
"They remind us a lot of Boston College. They are big up front; they have big backs, so we are going to have to respect that. It's going to be a good game, it really is, I honestly believe that."
On getting back to practice after the completion of final exams:
"It feels good. It's another bowl game for me. The atmosphere has been great. Everyone has been going hard on defense; we have been really getting after it."
On what he has seen from the play of the secondary with all the injuries that have affected that position late in the season:
"The new guys have been stepping up tremendously. We have had a lot of young players taking snaps for the linebacker crew too. They have really stepped up and showed a lot of potential".
On sending the senior class out with a win:
"That's one thing we always want to end on, as far as being a senior, you just want to win out. We are going to do everything in our power to get them that win."
Senior wide receiver Greg Carr
On the Champs Sports Bowl being his last game as a Seminole:
"It would mean a lot (to end with a win). With this being my last game, I want to leave on a good note. You just have to prepare and do everything you can to get a win."
On playing against Wisconsin's defense:
"They are a very physical team. They play hard every snap, so we know we have to come out there and play just as hard and use our speed and quickness to our advantage. We know they are going to use their physicality and their big size as an advantage for them."
On getting out on the practice field again to prepare for one last game:
"It's been big. Whenever you get one more chance to get better, you want to come out and take advantage of it. So it means a lot to not only my self, but to my teammates as well."