Bobby's Corner

Here are coach Bobby Bowden's comments following Thursday's half-scrimmage. "I really think that I have seen improvement out of everywhere. I think the offensive line has shown a lot of improvement throughout the spring as that was probably the position that most needed it," Bowden said.

Opening comments

"We wanted to have this scrimmage yesterday, but we couldn't because of the weather. A couple of injured guys got back out there today, and Leon (Washington) got back and ran real good. There was some good and bad – like anything else, there was good and there was bad to it, but there was more good than there was bad. Good hitting, though. Pretty good catching, pretty good throwing.

"Tomorrow – we've got our coaching clinic now, and tomorrow we'll got out about 4:45 and practice for an hour, put on drills for the (high school) coaches. Then we'll have dinner under the tent for the coaches, and we'll have our clinic tomorrow night. Then we'll finish up our game Saturday.

"Saturday's scrimmage like they have been. It's not going to be a game like we've done in the past. We're going to have an offense versus the defense, with a scoring system where the defense gets points. If they intercept a pass, they get so many points. If they cause a fumble, they get so many points. If they recover a fumble, they got so many points. The offense will get points by if they score, how many first downs they make, things like that. I don't know how even it'll come out, but the coaches have tried to get a formula where it'd be competitive. Then that'll be the end of spring training."

Q:Will there be a set number of plays?

A: "Yes. We'll do just like we've been doing on Saturdays. We'll put a team in there, offense against defense. Then, after they go so many plays, the third team will come in and run pass skeleton, like we've been doing – seven-on-seven. That'll give the guys time to rest. Really, you don't have a second-team offensive line. The injuries and things, we don't have a second-team offensive line. You might have one extra guard, might have one extra tackle, one extra center. Therefore, that's what we'll have to do in our scrimmage. A lot of people do it that way, a lot of schools. I know some that don't want to waste the spring game. They want to use it as a practice day. That's how we'll do it. At least we'll be able to coach and try to get some things done. Fans – I think they'll have the same interest that they'd have if we were having a regular game. They'll get to see the guys they want to see, get to see the new faces and see what they can do. And it still gives somebody a chance to prove themselves and move up in their position. I think people will get a lot out of it, if they want to watch it."

Q: What do you want to see from your guys?

A:"The same thing as the first day. You want to see them get better. You want to see them get better every practice. That's the big thing you're looking for in the spring game. In the spring, you're hoping somebody can improve."

Q: With the spring winding down and this being the final week of practice, where do you think you have seen the biggest improvement on the field?

A: "It really has been just about everywhere. I really think that I have seen improvement out of everywhere. I think the offensive line has shown a lot of improvement throughout the spring as that was probably the position that most needed it. Jim has done an excellent job with them and we are lucky that they have held up. We have only really seen about three injuries with them in the scrimmages and nothing really severe. They just have to keep working to get better. Just like anybody that is moving in for the first time."

Q: How important have the walk-ons been for you this spring?

A: "We have used them more in important positions this spring, usually we only used them on a third team or fourth team but we have had cases this spring where we have had to have the walk-ons start such as at Defensive Tackle. Those kids really made our spring because we would not have been able to do what we needed to do without those walk-ons being able to step in especially at defensive tackle where we had four out."


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