While Jones participated in contact work for the first time since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament at Wake Forest Nov. 2, he downplayed the cameo appearance. He is expected to see increased time with the starters in Saturday's scrimmage at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"It was a little contact up top, and that was it," Jones said of the sprint draws he ran. "It was another little step I have to take, that's all it is."
FSU coach Bobby Bowden also was pleased to see Jones inserted into the team's mini-scrimmage.
"We finished up with a 20-minute scrimmage and the last five minutes on the goal line," Bowden said. "We let Greg Jones get a little work today, and he seemed to handle it pretty good. Tomorrow will be a good hurdle. We sure need to do that (increase reps) and I think he needs to do it. He wants to do it. That's what our plan is."
Bowden continues to be pleased with the progress of his team as it continues preparations for its Aug. 30 season-opener at North Carolina.
"It was a good practice," Bowden said.
"The weather has really cooperated. It was cloudy this morning. There was cloud coverage all day, except for right here at the last -- it changed. We are really not getting the heat we will eventually have to get before we open the season. The good thing about is your boys are pretty fresh and you get a lot done."
Defensive ends coach Jody Allen said sophomore Kamerion Wimbley has been excused to return to home (Wichita, Kan.) for his uncle's funeral.
Allen had just four healthy ends to work with during Friday's practice -- Willie Jones, Jr. is lost for the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon Thursday. Incoming freshman D.J. Norris has been slowed by a high ankle sprain and, of course, fellow freshman Alex Boston will redshirt this season following reconstructive knee surgery last spring. Even so, Allen said he's not contemplating any personnel changes.
"We are mighty thin right now," Allen said.
"We are down to four guys but they came out and worked like trojans and did all they could do. We had to slow the drills down a little bit but that's part of it. (It was a) sad day (for Jones). That's tough. A guy works hard like that, he deserves a good year. And that's going to keep him from having a good year this year but I know he will rebound."
DIFFICULT TO BREATH
Reserve tight guard Bobby Meeks has been hampered by injuries since arriving at FSU. Now healthy and competing for quality playing time on an offensive line plagued by a lack of depth, Meeks, a redshirt junior, has been slowed by asthma.
"It's tough," said Meeks, who sounded congested following Friday‘s practice..
" I used to have it real bad in high school. It never really gave me problems here until now. I am just trying to treat it. It's real hard. When it's coming on, it's hard to stop it, especially when you are trying to take a deep breath. Your chest gets tight and it's hard to take those real deep breaths.
"That is what's frustrating. I've worked all this time trying to stay healthy. Now I am healthy and it's something else. Just have to roll with the punches and trying to do my best with it."
Coach Bobby Bowden reiterated that the Seminoles don't plan to make any personnel changes along the offensive line at this time.
Here's a quick interview with offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden.
"We've got to be better route runners right now and we have to be better downfield blockers right now. We're above average in both of those categories, but it's not good enough. As far as somebody standing out right, Craphonso (Thorpe) and P.K. (Sam) seem to be the two guys right now that every day are making catches consistently over and over. Dominic (Robinson) has been hurt, so that's why I don't mention him. Chris Davis looks good in spots but he's obviously a freshman and looks like a freshman. Really talented kid. Willie Reid is kind of the guy who has been sitting in the background and doing things right. He's the one guy who really seems to be trying the hardest and he's catching the ball."
COMPARE THEM TO LAST YEAR'S GROUP
"I think they all want to be the guy. Last year everybody looked at Anquan (Boldin) and said he's the guy. This year they all want to be the guy, but we don't know who it is. They don't know who it is yet, and I think that's what we will find out during the year. Who is going to be THE guy. They all want to be and that makes me real happy. They all want to do well. That's the difference. We don't know. We have a bunch of unknowns who are good players, I am not saying they are not. I think this has the potential to be a real good group but I don't know who is gonna be the buy who stands out right now."
ON GREG JONES:
"He looked good for the few reps he got in."
ON OFFENSIVE LINE
"The effort has been the best I've seen in awhile. I think they know they lacked experience and they are trying to make up for it in effort. I am not seeing very many missed assignments up there, which is the No. 1 concern I always have. I am seeing guys getting to the right guy. Occasionally a guy is getting physically whipped but it's not because he's not trying to block the right guy. They just have to hang in there for one more second on certain things. These guys can get the job done. My fear is injuries right now to them."