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The Florida State football team was able to complete an entire session of informal workouts today despite the fact that the skies open up above the practice fields and rains drenched the players. The rain was not the culprit today, however, as the players worked through the wetness and were going to take part in player-run drills but several bolts of lightning forced them indoors.


-The 11-on-11 drills that almost happened:

Before lightning began to strike, redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford was doing his best to get all of the players – namely the defensive and offensive linemen - to stick around and do something "new" this summer by working on 11-on-11 drills rather than the standard one-on-ones or seven-on-sevens that have become a staple of the workouts.

"It would have been cool to work on that because we haven't done it but the weather got too bad," Weatherford said. "There's always a next time."

-Ward enjoying Tallahassee, doesn't want to redshirt:

Freshman safety Clarence Ward has performed well at workouts in his first month as a collegiate athlete and the Texas native plans on keeping that going this season by not redshirting.

"Most likely I am gonna see some action, probably on special teams," Ward said. "I don't plan on redshirting because I want to play and I am working real hard. It's up to the coaches though. We will see.

Adjusting to college life can be a challenge for every new student but in Ward's case, the transition has been slightly easier as two of his high school teammates – Russell Ball and Korey Mangum – are part of FSU's freshman class. The 6-foot, 175 pound defensive specialist says it's just like the old days here in Tallahassee.

"Summer is going good and I have been working hard," Ward said. "You just have to make the adjustment of going to school and workouts everyday. It really helps me that I have Russell (Ball) and Korey (Mangum) here because it's like the old days. We have each other to rely on if we have any problems. With us all being here it's like being in little league cause you have good friends on your team and you are comfortable."

-FSU backfield excites former Nole running back:

Former Seminole Greg Jones was out at workouts and took part in all of the drills with many of his former teammates. The bruising tailback is about to enter his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars but that doesn't mean he hasn't been following his former Florida State position closely.

"I think we are real deep," Jones said. "We've got two backs that have been here since I was here in Leon (Washington) and Lorenzo (Booker) that are going to have big years and then you got a bunch of real good young guys that are going to help out. I have been hearing about and now I got to watch the guy from Pahokee (freshman Antone Smith). He is gonna be real good too."

While many people may think that a depth chart full of talented running backs can be a gift and a curse, Jones – who had to share carries throughout his FSU career – says that it all depends on what style of runner you are.

"I think it depends on what type of back you are," Jones said. "If you are a scat-back type player, than you can score at any time. If you are a bigger guy sometimes it's a little harder to find a rhythm but I think that this team has enough different styles backs that it shouldn't be a problem at all."

-Of note: FSU strength and conditioning coach Jon Jost announced today that Aug. 2nd will be the final day of informal workouts before two-a-days begin Aug. 9th.

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