Monday Practice Report

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 12 ranked Florida State football team completed its fourth of five scheduled two-a-day practice sessions on the FSU practice fields Monday. The Seminoles practiced for 22 periods in the morning in full pads and 18 periods in shells (shorts & shoulder pads) during the evening.

"After looking at the tape of Saturday's scrimmage, you could see we have improved since the first one," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "Correcting mistakes is the big thing right now. There's no let up out there physically. We've just got to cut down on the mistakes."

Both practice session were dominated early on by work on fundamentals in all areas and later with work on punt return and punt coverage. The morning session ended with work on goalline drills. The offense scored on two of eight tries during the goalline drill with Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker scoring on touchdown runs.

The defense continued to impress during the 18-period evening session. The offense got some work in during pass skeleton and one-on-one drills. Craphonso Thorpe, P.K. Sam and Chauncey Stovall each hauled in several deep pass plays from Chris Rix. Freshman Antonio Cromartie and Pat Watkins recorded interceptions for the secondary.

During the final three periods the team worked an 11-on-11 drill. The offense was highlighted by Rix's 45-yard touchdown completion to freshman wide-receiver Chris Davis. Charles Howard and Kamerion Wimbley combined for five sacks (2.5 each) for the defense. Defensive end Eric Moore also added a sack.

"We got some work in on our punt block and punt return out there today," said head coach Bobby Bowden after the morning session. "The Defense is mighty quick, they are giving the offense a hard time protecting the passer with all of their blitzes," he said.

Florida State continues preparation for its August 30th season opener at North Carolina with one practice Tuesday morning beginning at 8:30.

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