Thursday Practice Report

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State football team practiced for three hours Thursday morning in full pads. The Seminoles started the day with special teams work on punt protection, punt block and punt return. The team wrapped up practice with an 11-on-11 controlled scrimmaging and goalline, where the offense seemed to get the better of the defense, scoring on four of their eight attempts.

"We had a pretty good practice today," said head coach Bobby Bowden."Yesterday, in the last one (goal line drills), the defense won nearly every battle, but today the offense won their share. The defense did some good things and there was a nice hit at the goal line by Ernie Sims. I thought the offense won more of the battles today."

Defensive tackle Charles Howard had a pair of sacks during the 11-on-11 scrimmage, while Pat Watkins and Claudius Osei both recorded interceptions. Junior quarterback Fabian Walker was impressive during the one-minute drill, going 4-for-6 for 49 yards including a 43-yard completion to redshirt freshman Chris Davis.

P.K. Sam hauled in two touchdown receptions during goal line drills. Torrence Washington and Ryan Reynolds both added touchdown runs for the offense. For the defense, freshman linebacker Ernie Sims had the hit of the day in which he jarred the ball loose from Leon Washington at the goal line.

"The defense is still getting a lot of pressure on the passer," continued Bowden. "P.K Sam made some nice catches out there today. He's going into his junior and it's time for him to make those plays."

The Seminoles will go back to two-a-days tomorrow morning and the next scrimmage is scheduled for Wednesday morning August 20th.

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

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