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Though it was Weatherford's day to run the first offense, the quarterback said that he gets just as much - or more - from running the second-team offense.

"When you run with the twos, you learn the most," he said. "You have guys that don't know where they are going so you have to step up and be a leader a little bit more."

That point was illustrated in Wednesday's scrimmage when Weatherford turned to hand the ball off and saw that tailback Jamaal Edwards had run the other way.

"Sometimes you get frustrated out there when you make mistakes or other guys make mistakes and you have to maintain your composure and get the job done. That is a big part of playing the position."


Whatever the reason for the promotion, free safety Roger Williams has made the most of it. Since the start of spring practice, Williams has been the first team FS ahead of Pat Watkins, who was touted by several publications as a possible all-American candidate.

Coaches explained the move as a reward for the hard work that Williams put into the conditioning routine this summer. But Williams has backed the move up with his play.

In a mini-scrimmage to end practice last week, Williams recovered a fumble and broke up two passes.

"It's a challenge for me to step my game up and show everybody that I am a playmaker, Williams said."I want to show guys like Ernie (Sims) and Kyler (Hall) that I am on their level. I want to prove myself."


With the departure of the team's top three pass catchers from a season ago and veterans Chris Davis and Willie Reid prone to injury; it is a safe bet that Florida State's freshmen wide receivers might be asked to contribute significant minutes this season.

While Tallahassee native and former All-America prep star Fred Rouse has generated the most buzz since arriving on campus this summer, fellow freshmen Greg Carr, Rod Owens, Richard Goodman and Kenny O'Neal have looked good as well.

Carr, who enrolled at Florida State in January, had an impressive spring and has looked solid so far in preseason camp. The 6-6 receiver even had the longest play from scrimmage in Wednesday's scrimmage, a 32-yard pass from Drew Weatherford.

Owens, from Jacksonville, performed well at the scrimmage as well, catching two passes for 19 yards. He followed that up with a 40-yard touchdown reception from Xavier Lee during Thursday's practice.

We have that determination to get the job done and we have the upperclassman that keeps pushing us," Owens said. "Even when we make mistakes they push us to go out there and get better and get ore reps."

"This is one of those situations where we don't have a lot of experience," Coach Bobby Bowden said. "But they sure are talented."


Despite an overall strong showing by the defense during Wednesday's scrimmage, defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews was disappointed in the overall tackling by his unit.

"We have got to learn to tackle better," Andrews said. "You can't be a good tackler if you are going for the guys ankles. You have to hit him straight on where he carries the ball. It is definitely something that we have to work on."

Andrews, who is known for his "never satisfied attitude", had this to say when asked about the first team defense's strong play Wednesday Night:

"Well, they were playing against the second team offense."

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