Monday Practice Report

No. 10 Florida State practiced 90 minutes Monday evening in preparation for this week's home game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles concentrated on conditioning and fundamentals before the team began working against Yellow Jacket scout teams. There also was plenty of news. True freshman Joslin Shaw was moved from receiver to tailback, fullback James Coleman practiced and offensive lineman Ray Willis earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors after grading out at 93 percent.

Although Joslin Shaw was not considered one of Florida State's more heralded recruits, he could end up as one of the Seminoles' most important if injuries continue to plague the Seminoles.

Shaw, a former standout at Plant City High School, was moved to tailback from wide receiver Monday as FSU looks to shore up its depleted-tailback slot.

Shaw, who is recovered from a broken hand suffered in preseason drills, rushed for 1,396 yards for the Raiders last season. FSU coach Bobby Bowden said Shaw's move is considered a quick-fix until the Seminoles' health improves.

There's a good chance Shaw will be redshirted as planned if FSU can avoid further injuries.

"Well, what we will do is probably do him like we did Booker last year -- work him and hope you don't have to play him," Bowden said. "If the other two guys don't get hurt, you don't have a problem."

Shaw, noted for his quickness and elusiveness, said he felt comfortable back at tailback.

"It wasn't bad, being I was a running back in high school," Shaw said.

"I feel like running back will be easier for me. I am going to need some time (learn run plays) but it's coming along good."

Shaw enters the fray as the fourth-team tailback.

Starter Greg Jones has performed well following reconstructive knee surgery last November, but FSU's next two tailbacks -- Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker -- will miss Saturday's home game against Georgia Tech due to injuries.

Washington continues to recover from a dislocated elbow suffered in the opener at North Carolina, while Booker suffered a left knee sprain and re-aggravated his left ankle in FSU's victory over Maryland last Saturday.

Willie Reid has filled in nicely at tailback since moving from wide receiver, and walk-on Rian Reynolds is available after returning from broken ribs.

Though Shaw had recently been inserted into Reid's slot at WR, offfensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said he was anxious to see Shaw at tailback.

"He was a tailback in high school so it may work," Bowden said. "I'd like to see him (at TB), to be honest with you."

Also, fullback James Coleman, who started against Maryland but had to leave the game witn an ankle sprain, practiced.


Speaking of Jeff Bowden, he remains pleased with the progress of his offense after two games. Still, he stressed plenty of work remains.

"I like the fact that we didn't go into a panic mode offensively in the last game when we went down," Bowden said Monday.

"That, to me, still has a lot to do with Chris growing up a little bit and Daryl (Dickey) being right down there where he can work with him more closely. We didn't have any drops, I don't think. We had one knocked out of our hands. But we caught the ball well and the line, to me, is still doing what I felt like they did through most of two-a-days. From an assignment standpoint they're getting hats on the right people.

"My disappointment right now are our fundamentals; we're not fundamentally where we need to be. We're just good enough to be 2-0 at this point and that's about it. We've got to start doing the little things better."

FSU totaled 42 rushing attempts (for 236 yards) and 37 passing attempts (317 yards) for 553 yards of total offense in its opening victory over UNC. Against Maryland, FSU ran 46 times for 196 yards and passed for 231 yards on 30 attempts.

FSU also worked in a 99-yard scoring drive against the Terps, an accomplishment that didn't go unnoticed by Bowden.

"It really is, because we haven't done it. We haven't done it in practice in two years," Bowden said.

"I can't remember having a long drive. I mean we've hit a big play. But that's a sustained drive. When you can do that consistently, that's the mark of a good offense. That's execution. So that's encouraging. That's why, if we can start doing the little things right, if we eliminate some of our little mistakes, we'll just become better. That's easier said than done. We've got to get working and we've got to stay focused on it and we've got to coach our kids a little harder. [That] is what we've got to do."


The Seminole surrendered just two completions of 20 yards or longer against Maryland. Bowden says the defense's ability to squash long passes is one key to the season.

The last time FSU went two games without allowing a score was 1996 against UNC and Clemson. That team finished 11-1 and went on to play for the national championship, losing to Florida for the national title.

"Us giving up the long plays the last two years – it just kills you," Bowden said.

"Everybody playing hard, and you give up a bomb. I told the players, told the team this – it's nothing like brilliant thinking, but I've told our team, and I believe this: ‘If you don't allow a long pass, I don't know how people can score on us. If you don't allow something big, I don't know if the other team can score on us.' I think we've got that good of personnel."


Ray Willis earned the ACC's offensive line Player of the Week honors.

Willis graded out at 93 percent against the Terps and was credited with three "key blocks," given on scores and large gains, one of which came on Greg Jones' 44-yard touchdown run that put Florida State up 14-10.

Willis helped the Seminoles total 231 passing yards and 196 rushing yards (427 yards of total offense), while not allowing a single sack or quarterback pressure.

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