Tuesday Practice Report

TALLAHASSEE – Fresh off its first full speed scrimmage, the Florida State football team felt the physical aftereffects during Tuesday's workout. Several players were forced to sit out or limit their participation, instead working with the training staff on the sidelines.

On defense, free safety B.J. Ward (shoulder burner), linebacker Marcello Church (ankle), rover Claudius Osei and corner Trevor Ford (hamstring) all rode the stationary bike. It is unknown how long each would be unavailable. 

On the other side of the ball, the news on wide receiver Chris Davis was better than expected. Davis, who engaged in a helmet-to-helmet collision with safety Roger Williams during the scrimmage, suffered only a mild concussion and a sore back. He was also held out of action Tuesday.

  "That was one of the more vicious hits that we've had around here in a while," FSU head coach Bobby Bowden said. "We are very lucky that that wasn't worse."

 

  Linebackers A.J. Nicholson and Ernie Sims – both of whom sat out Monday's scrimmage – are still banged up but are expected to return soon. Sims practiced Tuesday but was held out of contact. The sophomore, whose concussion-like symptoms are fading, expects to be cleared for both of Wednesday's practices.

 

  "If it was up to me, I would have been out there today," Sims said. "I don't like sitting out but sometimes there's not a choice."

 
Nicholson is still experiencing some soreness in his right knee that was arthroscopically repaired in the off season. The projected starter on the weak side hopes to participate in the second scrimmage of the spring, scheduled for Saturday.

 
Guard Bobby Meeks left practice with minor heat stroke but was fine afterward.

 
"It's obvious we're not ready for the heat," Bowden said. "You could really tell that today and we spotted it a little earlier in the week."

 

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

 

  There was high praise reserved for the offense's performance in the scrimmage yesterday but after watching film Bowden said his staff may have found a contributing factor.

 

 "I'm sure whether it was the heat or whether they just backed off but we were not able to get the same pressure on the quarterback in the second half," he said. "They were hitting the same but we couldn't get the pass rush in there."

 
Quarterback Chris Rix also executed several plays where he rolled out on design, further limiting the effectiveness of the pass rush. Rix tallied 230 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns going against both the first and second defensive units.

 

QUOTE  OF THE DAY

 

"One of us (UF, UM, FSU) will get hot at the end and contend with the USC's and LSU's and Texas'. Problem here is the parity and we all knock each other off." – Bowden on not having a Florida team in the title game last year.

 

PRACTICE NOTES

 

  The team went for 22 periods in shells and left the last six for some light scrimmaging. Rix was impressive again, rolling out to complete several nice passes. Dominic Robinson took one drag route upfield for a 20-yard gain before Rix found Willie Reid for another nice gain.

  Robinson made an acrobatic leaping grab on another only to have it jarred loose by Gerard Ross on the hit of the day. The hit fired up the D, who was stingy the rest of the way.

  Xavier Beitia drilled a 45-yard (approx) field goal to end the day.

 

**Bowden will attend the funeral of fullback B.J. Dean's father tomorrow and will miss the morning session.

 

**The Seminoles will go in shells in the AM and pad out in the PM


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