Wednesday Practice Report

Florida State practiced for 21 periods Wednesday afternoon, this after being delayed by lightning and rain earlier in the day. The Seminoles went in pads for the first time, and there were plenty of highlights. Also, click here for an update on injured cornerback <b>Antonio Cromartie,</b> who was on crutches and watched practice from the sidelines.

Rain and lightning forced the Seminoles off the field after the first few minutes of Wednesday's practice so coaches switched the schedule and were able to get a full practice in at 4:00 p.m. The team worked in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) for the first time this afternoon and did 11-on-11 scrimmaging during the middle portion of practice. Linebacker Buster Davis returned an interception for a score and safety B.J. Ward added a second pick when he grabbed a pass deflected by linebacker Ernie Sims. Sophomore cornerback Antonio Cromartie was held out of today's workout after injuring his knee on Tuesday. He will be further evaluated by team doctors. Freshman J.R. Bryant saw time with the No. 2 defense in Cromartie's absence. In other news, senior offensive tackle Alex Barron and senior defensive end Eric Moore were named to the Lombardi Award watch list. The Lombardi will be awarded December 8th to the nation's top lineman/linebacker. Thursday's practice is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

(On today's practice/weather)
"We dodged a Hurricane today. I thought we were going to miss today's practice. We had already made plans to go inside. We hear we will have to play the Hurricanes tomorrow and the next day instead of September 6th. We were fortunate to get it in today. We'll have two plans for tomorrow."

(On Cromartie)
"There's nothing yet as to how long he'll be out."

(On freshmen)
"I'm really impressed with some of the freshmen, especially some of the defensive backs. They still don't know their assignments but they can really move. We've had some defensive backs play as a true freshmen."

LB Buster Davis
(On today's practice)
"It was good to get outside this afternoon. We need that time on the field. You really can't afford to miss a day in August. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be able to get on the field again tomorrow."

(On the interception during 11-on-11)
"We were in man coverage. Ernie Sims and I switched and I was just lucky to get in front of it and pick it off. I think the defense has done a pretty good job so far. All we have to do is run to the ball so it's a little easier than what they are trying to do on offense. The offense will be fine once game time comes around."

(On putting on the shoulder pads for the first time)
"We got a little thud out there today which was good. It's more fun when you are able to hit. Now it's time to get some rest and come back and do it again tomorrow."

FB B.J. Dean
(On today's weather)

"The thunder and the lightning were about the scariest thing I have been through and I have been through three tornadoes. I have never experienced anything like that. You see the lightning, you see sparks and you feel the air around you evaporate. It was crazy. When I first heard the thunder I ducked a little bit and saw everybody hit the ground. From there I just started running. I was the first one under the stadium."

(On practicing in shoulder pads for the first time)
"It's all about getting back into the feel of things and getting adjusted to moving with shoulder pads on. It was fun to be out here with pads on today. The summer conditioning has helped me a lot in terms of the shape that I am in now. The work that we did has helped me in terms of the circuit work we are doing. The conditioning we did during the summer has really helped me with the short running I have to do as a fullback. It helped me train for a game rather than training for any long distance running."

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