Turn Up The Heat

Florida State coach <b>Bobby Bowden </b> isn't looking for miracles when the Seminoles stage their third preseason scrimmage Wednesday. Bowden also was happy to see hot, hot weather return for Tuesday's morning practice. "Overall, it has been a pretty cool, cloud-covered two weeks of practice," Bowden said. "Today we got a little heat."

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden isn't looking for miracles when the Seminoles stage their third scrimmage Wednesday.

"The most important thing is to stay healthy, especially on the offensive line," Bowden said following Tuesday's practice.

"Just try to get better, try to improve. When you go out there and scrimmage, you try to improve, you hope you were better than that week before. You hope (the kids) made a little progress. That's the thing we are looking for."

Bowden felt the Seminoles had a productive practice under hot and sticky conditions Tuesday. Nearly 10 players experienced heat-related issues, including Matt Henshaw and Michael Boulware, while offensive lineman Bobby Meeks continues to be slowed by asthma attacks.

"Yeah, that's slowing him down," Bowden said of Meeks' condition.

"We need to stabilize that guard position with … Now yesterday he was able to go through the entire practice and agilities. That's encouraging. This morning he had some problems with it. I think as it gets cooler, I think those problems will go away."

Bowden, whose team opens its season in less than two weeks at North Carolina, welcomed the hot conditions.

"Overall, it has been a pretty cool, cloud-covered two weeks of practice," Bowden said. "Today we got a little heat. So we had a pretty good practice."

Receiver Chris Davis did not practice after suffering a right ankle sprain. Fullback Torrance Washington also is awaiting on MRI results after recently aggravating his knee. Additionally, receiver Dominic Robinson continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered a week ago Monday.

"I just got it tangled it up (pass reception," Davis said.

"It's a little sore but I am hoping I can come back to practice (Wednesday)."

Xavier Beitia is looking forward to Wednesday morning's kicking session. Beitia had a field-goal attempt blocked in last Wednesday's scrimmage and finished just 1-of-4 in the earlier kicking portion.

"I came in here a little overanxious and it's tough to get back into it," Beitia said.

"I struggled a little bit. But I feel better than ever right now."


Lorne Sam and Chris Rix connected a couple of times down the sideline in skeleton drills.

P.K. Sam and Fabian Walker hooked up on a touchdown versus the first team defense. But the star of the second half of practice was Tallahassee Lincoln alum Antonio Cromartie.

The 6'3", 205-pound freshman had a pass break up in the end zone during skeleton drills, a diving interception during 11-on-11 and then hauled in another interception on the next play when the team moved over to goal line drills.

"I am working hard but I am still in the learning process," said Cromartie. "If I can't get a lot of repetitions, I can still help us on special teams. When my time comes I will be ready.

"I believe I am starting to show people that someone of my size can play cornerback. I am starting to hush those people up and you don't hear the doubters as much anymore."

The biggest hit of the day was delivered by senior linebacker Kendyll Pope and delivered during skeleton drills. The weakside linebacker leveled walk-on tight end Matt Root after and initial hit. Root, wearing number 87, held on to the ball despite Pope's hard tackle.

Sports Info contributed to this report.

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