'Noles return from break

The FSU football team returned to action Monday following a week off for Spring Break. The Seminoles held their longest practice thus far (28 periods) but suited out in only shorts. After a break for Pro Day Tuesday practice resumes Thursday in shells.

Florida State's first team offense struggled to move the ball against the top defensive unit. The O worked mostly from the shotgun set, spreading the ball out to an array of receivers, many of which were walk-ons.

Tailback Lorenzo Booker had a few nice runs on draw plays, beating defenders with shifty moves before being ruled down by contact.


The practice was the first day on the job for newly added Graduate Assistant James Colzie. A former cornerback on the football team and outfielder on the baseball team, Colzie will work primarily with the defense. "He will be working with Mickey (Andrews) and the defensive secondary," Bowden said. "He left a good job to come up here. I think he sees the success that other graduates have had – they've all moved on to good jobs."

Colzie, a South Miami native, served as DBs coach at Florida International last season. He is probably best remembered for his diving interception of a Danny Wueffel pass in the 1994 UF game. The takeaway led to a Rock Preston TD run that tied the game at 31-31.


Florida State's outgoing seniors will audition for NFL scouts Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. Greg Jones, Michael Boulware, Allen Augustin and company will start out in the weight room then make their way to the track to have their 40 times logged at 2 p.m.

Jones, who played his way to possible first-round status in the Senior Bowl, will be under particular scrutiny. Now 15 months removed from knee surgery, potential suitors are interested to see if the South Carolina native has regained his step.

"The good thing about last season was that we were able to play other backs," Bowden said. "That allowed him to come along slowly and save him for his pro career."

Jones was on hand for the workout and talked with several former teammates.


Lorne Sam's hamstring pull still visible bothers the receiver. After completing some sprints and agility work outs, Sam left the practice field – missing the scrimmage – in order to get treatment.

Bowden spent the break on a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean with his coaching staff and their wives. He said that the trip's purpose was both business and leisure since money was raised for Foster Homes of Florida. Since the inception of the annual jaunt, over $200, 000 has been donated to the charity.

"It was a great week for the staff as well as the cause," he said.

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