Tuesday Summer Workout Report

The FSU football team returned to action after the holiday break Tuesday and ran stadium steps to avoid an afternoon thunderstorm. The storm slowed to a drizzle allowing around 30 players to get outdoors for some one-on-one passing drills.

Among those toiling were punter Chris Hall and kicker Xavier Beitia. Talking about a kicker during conditioning would usually end in wasted breath but Beitia said that he, especially, is using this offseason to motivate himself.

Beitia, of course, has added his name to end of the infamous "Wide Right" list over the past to seasons. The three-year starter missed a game-winner in 2002 and missed another in last season's Orange Bowl that would have given FSU a fourth-quarter lead.

"We win this game and we steamroll," he said. "I want to beat them one time before I leave. I'd would be amazing a huge lift for this team."

Beitia rejoined his teammates after spending the first half of the summer at home. He said that we worked on his kicking at a local high school on a daily basis.

Head coach Bobby Bowden has said that the kicking job will be opened up in the fall. Beitia will be up against Gary Cismesia and Chase Goggans in the fall.

"I'm a three-year starter and I've been here four years," he said. "At this point I think it's more about having a leadership position. If I was a sophomore I'd be more worried."

"Right now these guys are just teammates to me."

Teammates that have been among the 90-plus to complete summer workouts.

"To have this many guys out and out and dedicated is great. Its defintely uplifting. It's good that we are all working together now because once the season starts were all that we have."

He added that the Miami game first up has sparked everyone, including himself in his final opportunity to erase his pair of misses.

"Sometimes it was a game we look so far ahead for we look ahead and we weren't focused on the first five games. Having Miami first has us more focued than ever."

"You can sense it. When you open up with Duke you're not going to be as motivated."

Also in attendance was former wide reciever P.K. Sam, who left a year early and has been participating in mini-camps with the New England Patriots.

Absent were Chris Rix, Dominic Robinson, Travis Johnson and Lornezo Booker, who are all still in California after attending Michael Boulware's wedding.

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