Tuesday Practice Update

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State football team held a 22-period practice Tuesday morning in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts). Rain came down during almost the entire session, but since there was no lightning, the team was able to complete the practice. The Seminoles started the day with special teams work on punt protection, punt block and punt return.

"We had a pretty good practice today," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "They executed pretty well in the bad weather. The defense really did a good job in goalline. If they can stay healthy, they can put it all together."

Defensive end Eric Moore had a pair of sacks in 11-on-11 (hurry-up). Kendyll Pope, Pat Watkins, A.J. Nicholson and Sam McGrew each had a goalline stop. Antonio Cromartie broke up a pass in the endzone and almost came down with the interception. The offense's lone score came on a touchdown pass from Chris Rix to tight end Donnie Carter. The No. 1 defense held the No. 2 offense out of the endzone on all four attempts while the No. 2 defense kept the No. 1 offense from scoring on three of four tries.

The first scrimmage is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The team will hold a one-hour kicking scrimmage in the morning (8:30).

Alternating two-a-day practices continue through Friday, August 22nd. FSU opens the 2003 season at North Carolina on Saturday, August 30th. The game will be carried live by ABC at 8:00 p.m.

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